Barca set sights on United defender target


Barcelona have set their transfer sights on Manchester United defender target Jordi Alba.

The Valencia full-back, who broke into the Spanish national side last year, has been in fine form for Unai Emery's side this term, both in La Liga and Europe.

His form has led to speculation over a move away from the Mestalla however, with clubs from across Europe reported to hold an interest in the player.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is said to be one of those keen, with reports in The Metro in November claiming Red Devils scouts were tracking the defender.

However, El Mundo Deportivo now claims that Barcelona have made the 22-year-old one of their top transfer priorities, with Pep Guardiola keen to take the player to the Nou Camp.

Maxwell's exit and the uncertain future of Eric Abidal has left the La Liga champions looking to reinforce in the position, and the left-back has been identified as an ideal addition in Catalonia.

As for Manchester United, they have been linked with players in the position as cover for French international Patrice Evra.

It was claimed that Alba would be brought to Old Trafford with a view to replacing 30-year-old Evra over time.

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