Barcelona La Liga Rivals Among Three Big Clubs Vying for Jordi Alba’s Signature

Barcelona La Liga Rivals Among Three Big Clubs Vying for Jordi Alba’s Signature

Ero Samson
June 2, 2023 at 4:06 PM
  • Jordi Alba announced he was leaving Barcelona after spending 11 years at the Catalan club
  • The left-back joins Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique on the list of veterans leaving Barcelona
  • Alba is being courted by three European clubs, amongst others

Despite largely playing as Alejandro Balde’s backup this season, Jordi Alba has enjoyed a stellar season for the minutes he has received.

In 24 appearances across the league season, he has scored two goals, while giving three assists.

And if that was not enough, his creative numbers are truly tremendous, with 12 big chances created, and an average of 1.6 key passes per game.

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Jordi Alba is being courted by three European clubs. Image: Pedro Salado.
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However, his time in a Barcelona jersey is up, as the player is set to leave the club after 11 seasons with the first team after returning.

Alba is expected to continue his venture in European football right now, unlike Sergio Busquets, who according to Marca is expected to join the Saudi Arabian League or MLS.

There are three clubs interested in signing him, according to a report by Mundo Deportivo's Fernando Polo: Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, and Benfica.

Atletico Madrid

Atletico will likely be losing Yannick Carrasco in the summer, who has been responsible for the left wing as a LWB under Diego Simeone in the last two to three seasons.

They will need to find a replacement for the Belgian, and Alba can replicate his role in a different way.

The Spaniard is excellent at finding space across the flank, and then playing dangerous passes into the six-yard box.

While he will have to step up his defensive commitment, Alba should be able to increase Atletico’s overall productivity and creative numbers.

That said, it seems rather unlikely that Alba joins a La Liga rival after such an emotional end to his Barça tenure. The fact that his numbers, at least per 90/game, have not taken too much of a hit, could mean he is up for it, though.

Inter Milan

Another team that largely deploys a 3-5-2 system – something that would do wonders for Alba. Deployed as a left wing-back, the Spaniard will be able to hold width without any problem and will have the license to attack the box as he often likes to.

Further, with the likes of Edin Dzeko, Romelu Lukaku, and Lautaro Martinez up top, Alba’s crosses should not have problems finding the head of a teammate.

Inter were interested in Alba last summer as well, and Barcelona had reportedly reached an agreement with them for the veteran left-back. However, he ended up refusing to leave, confident that he could win his spot back from Balde.


Benfica would be looking to replace Alejandro Grimaldo in the summer, who is set to leave them on a free transfer. The 27-year-old is one of the most creative defenders in the top five leagues, with five goals, and nine assists to his name alongside 22 big chances created.

While Alba does not have this much diversity in his attacking portfolio, he should not have too much problem replicating Grimaldo’s creative numbers to a large extent.

All said and done, Alba is yet to make a decision over his future. One thing is certain, though, that he will have full command on it as he would leave as a free agent, forgiving a huge chunk of his salary to help Barcelona’s dire financial condition.

Alemany on losing Busquets, Alba

Earlier Sports Brief repotted the words of Barcelona’s sporting director Mateu Alemany’s words on the departure of Busquests and Alba.

As Barcelona fans said goodbye toBusquets and Alba, sporting director, Alemany did the same. He praised the players and recognised what their departure meant for the club's future.

While the director was full of praise for both players, he did not shy away from what their departures meant for the club. According to Besoccer, he said:

"It's true that their departures will help the fair-play affair".

The situation he refers to is the ongoing investigation by authorities into the finances of the club, after several inconsistencies were found in the payments they had made to players.

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