Fergie faces transfer battle in his Spanish pursuit

Alba in action for Spain

Barcelona look to have moved into pole position in the race to sign Valencia full back Jordi Alba, according to talkSPORT.com.

Alba, 23, is rated as one of the best young left-backs in Europe and reports suggest that Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson sees the young Spanish star as Patrice Evra’s long term replacement.

It would appear that United will have to compete with the Blaugrana for his signature though, after Valencia Sporting Director Braulio Vazquez, claimed that he fully expects the La Liga runners up to make an approach for Alba.

Vazquez told Spanish newspaper Sport: “I suppose Barcelona want him because he’s Catalan and plays on the left wing.

“We are obviously talking about an excellent player, and it’s only normal that Barcelona are keen to sign him.”

Alba, who originally started his career in the Barcelona youth ranks, is in Vicente del Bosque’s 23-man squad for Euro 2012 and looks set fill the boots of the left-back role vacated by Joan Capdevila.

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