Lionel Messi did not want Barcelona to sell the 28-year-old to Manchester United
A crazy rumour has it that FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has reportedly blocked the transfer of a player his club values at about R2 billion.
Lionel Messi has reportedly blocked Manchester United’s attempt to sign Jordi Alba from Barcelona. According to reports in Spanish daily Diario Gol, Premier League giants Manchester United were interested in signing the 28-year-old Spanish left-back, however, Lionel Messi, who is a huge fan of the left back’s talents did not want the Catalan giants to agree a deal with United.
With Luke Shaw’s future uncertain at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has repeatedly earmarked the 28-year-old as an ideal replacement. However, it will be tough to sign him now considering that Alba has the confidence of Messi and his Barcelona team-mates.
Jordi Alba has been a key member of the Barcelona squad for the last 4 years, but recently, the pacy full-back has been left out of crucial games such as Barcelona’s La Liga fixture against Atletico Madrid and the incredible comeback win against PSG.
There have been claims in the Spanish media that part of the decision to change the system has been a concern over Alba’s form, and the former Valencia man has found himself linked with a move away from the Spanish champions in recent weeks.
Jordi Alba has a contract with Barcelona upto 2020 and a release clause of £130 million. All this means that Barcelona will only sell the Spaniard if he intends to leave. Various Spanish reports are stating that Alba is waiting to see who the next manager will be before deciding his future.
Also, since Messi is a huge fan of the defender, it seems likely that Alba will stay at Barcelona and spurn a move to the Premier League. Messi is reportedly keen to avoid a scenario of trying to replace Jordi Alba in the summer transfer window, especially after the struggles to replace Dani Alves.
Jordi Alba is undoubtedly one of the best left-backs in the world at the moment and Barcelona will do well to heed Lionel Messi’s words and keep the Spaniard at Camp Nou.
Messi is believed to be unhappy with talk of Alba leaving, which has reportedly resulted in him making his feelings known in an attempt to keep the Spaniard at the Camp Nou.