Louis van Gaal considers bid for Barcelona ace Jordi Alba

Alba is wanted by new Manchester United boss Van Gaal. (©GettyImages)

Luke Shaw's proposed move to Manchester United has been thrown into severe doubt as Louis Van Gaal is willing do what it takes to sign Jordi Alba from Barcelona .

There has been copious amounts of speculation that Southampton's left-back will be United's first summer signing but it would seem new manager Van Gaal has other ideas.

The Daily Express reports, that the Dutchman has picked out Alba as the perfect competitor for game time with Patrice Evra with his attack minded ability to run from deep, and will look to do what it takes to land the Spaniard.

Van Gaal has been given an enormous £200 million transfer budget to spend this summer and the club have strongly highlighted that the full-back position is a key area they want to strengthen. This suggests that the club are ready to offer Barcelona a substantial amount to get their man. 

United's bid of £27 million for Shaw at the end of last season was sharply rejected by Southampton. They later declared that they will not be selling any of their key players - a statement that was contradicted when Rickie Lambert moved to Liverpool - until a new manager was appointed. Barcelona, however will be harder to budge. 

The Catalan club have supposedly already told clubs that Alba will not be leaving the Nou Camp. Newly appointed head coach Luis Enrique has taken a firm stance on his squad and is a big fan of Alba.

This effectively would mean that United and Van Gaal will have to do everything in their power, if they are to bring the Spanish left-back to Manchester.

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