Jordi Alba was subject of £25m Manchester City bid

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Manchester United and Arsenal have given up hope of signing Jordi Alba after it was claimed that Manchester City had a bid rejected earlier this summer.

According to the Daily Express, FIFA agent Francis Gallardo has reported that Manuel Pellegrini had an offer turned down by Barcelona, with Manchester United and Arsenal also tracking the Spain international.

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"City is interested in a player of Barca and made a bid for Jordi Alba but it was rejected by Barcelona," said Gallardo.

Enrique at Barcelona

Manchester United and Arsenal have been tracking Alba closely since Luis Enrique took charge, with the new Barca boss looking to shake things up at the Nou Camp.

The 25-year-old was reportedly the subject of a £25m bid, at a time when Aleksandr Kolarov was linked with a return to Serie A.

In the end, City decided not to follow up their interest in Alba with another bid, and it doesn't look like Arsenal or United will rekindle their interest either. A bid in excess of £25m will clearly be required though, and United only signed Luke Shaw from Southampton for £32m over the summer.

Alba is not out of contract at Barcelona until the summer of 2017, and now looks set to stay put.

January transfer window

United and Arsenal still have plenty of money to spend in the January transfer window and both Premier League clubs are expected to strengthen at the first opportunity.

United need help in defence and central midfield while Arsenal are thought to be prioritising a defensive midfielder. Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta are Wenger's only options, and the Arsenal boss has been encouraged to strengthen in January to ensure the club secures fourth place in the Premier League again.

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