According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, reported via The Mirror, Manchester United are considering a move for Jordi Alba with the defender yet to agree a new contract with current club Barcelona.
Jordi Alba’s current deal with Barca expires at the end of next season and new terms are yet to have been agreed. This stand-off has apparently alerted the Red Devils to Alba’s potential availability.
The 29-year-old has been a fine servant to the La Liga giants and would be a major loss to them if he were to depart in the near future.
Alba would also strengthen United’s defence and would add further elite level experience and quality to Jose Mourinho’s squad. However, to invest in the Spaniard would be a waste of resources on United’s part, who should focus upon enhancing other areas of their squad and developing the promising talents already available to them.
Mourinho may soon need to bolster his left-back options with Ashley Young now 33 years of age. Whoever comes in to replace the England international, though, ought not to be a guaranteed starter, but rather someone to compete with and provide back up to Luke Shaw.
Alba would almost certainly get into the starting XI at Old Trafford ahead of 23-year-old Shaw, which would further hamper the young left-back’s development given he finally looks to have won his manager around following a number of setbacks previously.
Given his huge potential, Shaw is worth persisting with. Further obstacles between him and regular football could easily see the former Southampton man fail to reach the heights that many expect of him though.
United should resist the urge to splash out for the ready-made world class star in Alba and instead continue trying to nurture Shaw into being one of the best full-backs in the game.
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