Jordi Alba has referred to a move to the Premier League as “special” ahead of his Barcelona exit, and is awaiting the “best offer” amid Manchester United interest.
Alba has been a mainstay of the Barca side for a decade. Indeed, he moved to Camp Nou from Valencia in the summer of 2012, and slotted right into the side.
After 11 seasons, the iconic figure has racked up 459 appearances, which saw him score 27 goals and chip in with 99 assists.
He was also part of a dynasty in Barcelona. Indeed, while Alba was at the club, they won six La Liga titles, five Copa del Reys and a Champions League.
He’ll go down as a legend at the club for his role in those successes.
That legendary status will be achieved when he leaves the club this summer. Indeed, he’s announced his decision to depart the club to go onto pastures new.
He’s got a number of options for his next club, as per a recent report. Indeed, rival side Atletico Madrid are apparently keen, as are Inter Milan and some unnamed sides in Saudi Arabia.
A link-up with Lionel Messi at Inter Miami has also been suggested. However, perhaps the most intriguing interest is that of Manchester United.
Alba hints at ‘special’ Premier League move
That intrigue comes off the back of Alba’s own comments regarding a move to the Premier League. Indeed, he’s detailed how nice it would be to move to the league following conversations with Spain colleagues.
“I never have thought about anything beyond La Liga before because I was always so focused on Barcelona,” he told the Daily Mail.
“But of course you see the Premier League, the atmosphere there. I talk to a lot of people from the national team who played in both leagues and they say that it’s special and I always had that idea that one day maybe … but I don’t know.”
It would be fitting for him, having thought about a move at times, to do so now. Indeed, the 34-year-old might not have long left playing at the top level, so he might be approaching his final chance to play in England.
As such, interest from United represents a perfect chance to make that move.
Alba waiting for ‘best offer’
They could certainly snare him if they wanted. While there’s competition, Alba has suggested he will move to the side that offers him the best terms.
“Now I have to look for the best offer,” he said.
Whether United do offer that remains to be seen. They might think twice about signing a 34-year-old in a position where they already have a couple of good assets.
However, his experience would be invaluable for any side, and it would be good to see him in the Premier League for at least a season, whether or not he played often.