Jordi Alba linked with surprise move to Manchester United or Arsenal

Manchester United & Arsenal consider move for Jordi Alba. (©GettyImages)

Jordi Alba could secure a surprise move to the Premier League in the future, with reports suggesting that Manchester United and Arsenal are both considering a transfer for the energetic Barcelona full-back.

According to the latest speculation from the Daily Express, Blaugrana boss Luis Enrique - who replaced Gerado 'Tata' Martino in the Camp Nou dugout this summer following the latter's failure to secure last season's La Liga title - is looking to continue the overhaul of his squad and supposedly wants to upgrade both full-back positions with Dani Alves having already confirmed his intention to leave the club at the end of his current contract.

With that in mind, the Express further claim both Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger are subsequently pondering moves for a player who is believed to be worth as much as £25 million to Barcelona and the Catalan giants are apparently willing to sell to one of them if the right offer is made.

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Attacking full-back

Spanish international Alba - who has made five appearances for Barcelona so far this season- is known for his attacking prowess down the left-flank and it is this apparent slight lack of defensive nous that appears to be the reason for Enrique's desire to seek a replacement.

Quite whether Manchester United would be wise to spend such a sum further bolstering a position that they have already moved to significantly upgrade in recent months is certainly a point for considerable debate.

Luke Shaw

While Luke Shaw has suffered an uncertain start to his career at Old Trafford after having his fitness levels publically criticised by manager Louis van Gaal on the club's pre-season tour of the United States, it is clear that the Southampton academy graduate is seen as the long-term successor to Patrice Evra.

Fellow summer signing Marco Rojo is also fully capable of covering that left-back role, as is young Tyler Blackett who replaced Shaw with just under 20 minutes remaining during Sunday's nervy 2-1 win over Everton after the England man suffered a dead knee.

Rather than invest in yet another full-back, Van Gaal would surely be far wiser to ensure that he is able to adequately improve his options in the centre of defence given the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand and the recent injury troubles endured by the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

Monreal replacement?

Arsenal, meanwhile, can currently lay claim to one of English football's brightest young left-backs in the form of Kieran Gibbs.

Beyond him, however, Wenger's options are a little thin and Nacho Monreal has done preciously little to suggest that he has a prosperous long-term future at the club since joining from Malaga last year.

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