Manchester United lost another summer target as 23-year old Spain left back Jordi Alba has confirmed a move from Valencia to Spanish giants Barcelona. United were looking for a long term replacement for their last season captain Patrice Evra.
The two Spanish clubs, Valencia and Barcelona has agreed a fee $17.5 million for the 23-year old. The news broke after Barcelona confirmed the arrival of Alba on their website.
'The cost will be €14 million, and the player will sign a contract for the next five seasons.' Barcelona said on their website.
'Valencia Football Club and Barcelona have reached an agreement for the transfer of Jordi Alba. Valencia wish him the greatest of luck' Valencia's statement added.
Alba joined FC Barcelona as a youngster but was released in 2005 and joined fellow Catalan side UE Cornellà. Alba was extremely talented and it was not too late until his talent was noticed by Valencia. Valencia signed Alba in 2007 and it was with Los Che that he rose to prominence as, after a loan spell with Gimnàstic de Tarragona, he established himself as a first-team regular and earned a call-up to the national team.
Jordi Alba has been very impressive during the ongoing Euro 2012 and has been a vital role in Spain's defense. Alba has been extremely talented which has gained him a position in the starting lineup for his National side and United was in the market for a long-term replacement for Evra.
Ferguson will likely now shift his focus to Everton left back Leighton Baines. Reports in England claim that United are not ready to meet the asking price from Everton. United are offering cash plus player looking to sweeten the deal. The question now becomes whether Ferguson will be able to find a long term replacement or wait for another season to sign Evra's replacement.