Valencia left back Jordi Alba is top of Sir Alex Ferguson’s shopping list in January as he plans to raid La Liga side Valencia for their talented youngster. The 22-year-old has followed up an impressive league debut in September 2009 by establishing himself as Valencia’s first choice left back and earned himself an international call up. Jordi was more than impressive in his first three internationals and has caught the eye of several big managers across Europe including Sir Alex.
Jordi certainly has all the right credentials Sir Alex will be keen to acquire. A product of the Barcelona youth side, Jordi was released in 2005 for being “too small” for the Catalan giants. He then signed for UE Cornella before joining Valencia in 2007. It is ironic that Barca let him go for being too small given he’s only 4cm shorter their current midfield maestro 5ft 7in Lionel Messi. When has size really mattered in the game anyway?
However, Jordi has gone from strength to strength, proving his Barca critics wrong and has begun to stamp his authority as an international first choice left back. His performances have attracted the attentions of his former employers Barcalona who are now taking a fresh look at Jordi knowing he may be tempted to return to the Catalan giants for a second stint. Barca’s interest will concern Sir Alex but won’t deter him from putting forward the best package available to land the Spanish wonderkid.
With Champions league experience, international ability and a disciplined Barca upbringing, Jordi is looks like a worthwhile investment for United and would underline their plans to continue rebuilding for the future. Will Jordi relish a Premiership opportunity or will he be tempted to remain in his homeland?