United keen on Spanish defender

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Manchester United are lining-up the signing of £15 million-rated Jordi Alba from Spanish side Valenica, according to

The Spanish international has been earmarked as a possible long-term replacement for United captain Patrice Evra and a move to Old Trafford could be on the cards this summer. The Premier League champions are also believed to be closely monitoring Leighton Baines, as Ferguson draws up his list of summer transfer targets.

French international Evra turns 31 next month and with Fabio set to go out on loan next season, United are thought to be exploring the possibility of signing a full-back as long-term cover.

23-year-old Alba has impressed at left-back this season as Valencia currently sit third in La Liga, behind Barcelona and league-leaders Real Madrid.

The lightning quick full-back recently received a call-up to the Spanish national side after a handful of appearances for the under-21 team and is well-thought of in his homeland, with Barcelona also rumoured to be interested.

The former Barcelona youth team player has only made 68 career La Liga appearances for Valencia, but is thought to be in high demand across Europe.

United's title rivals Manchester City are also believed to be interested in securing his signature in the summer, which could lead to a transfer tussle between the title rivals.

However, United are thought to feel a £15 million fee would be enough to prize Alba away from the Mestalla, as Valencia continue to struggle with problems off the field.

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