AC Milan contest United for Spain defender

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AC Milan have made contact with the representatives of Manchester United target Jordi Alba over a proposed summer transfer.

The 23-year-old Valencia full-back has established himself as one of the finest young players in La Liga, and is now a regular for both club and country.

According to talkSPORT, the Spain international is a target for Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to bring him to Old Trafford.

However, should the Premier League champions formalise their interest in Alba, it would appear they will be contested by AC Milan.

Massimiliano Allegri's side would appear to be frontrunners to for Alba's signature having already made an initial move in the hope of securing his signature this summer.

"It is true, I can confirm that we are in contact with Milan, also for Soriano of Villarreal, who is another represented by me," Alba's agent Vicente Fores told Calciomercato.

"Initially with Milan there has been only brief contact, but I think that within 20 days to a month maximum, we will meet with [director Ariedo] Braida. I don't know whether this will be in Spain or Italy."

Completing a deal for Alba would certainly be quite a coup for Milan, with the Spaniard also able to operate in midfield.

Manchester United, meanwhile, are perhaps in less need of reinforcements at left-back than Milan, although Alba could be recruited as a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra.

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