Jordi Alba is regarded as one of the top left backs in the world. He is one of the many top young players to come out of the Barcelona academy. However, Barcelona failed to realise this potential initially and released him in 2005 for not being physically strong. Valencia were able to quickly take advantage of his presence and football whispers noticed Valencia taking Alba under their wing in 2007. The speedster made a strong impression even when he was coming through the youth ranks at Valencia.
In line with the gossip columns, Valencia spent around €6000 in acquiring him from Cornellà, where he spent a few years after being released by Barcelona. The move to Mestalla quickly gave Alba an opportunity to make a lot of progress in his career, as he was playing regularly in the reserves and training with the first team. After spending his first season with the Valencia B team, Alba was loaned – in line with the rumours – out to Gimnàstic, where he was able to gather regular experience by playing in the Segunda División.
Valencia saw enough promise in the 20-year-old to promote him to the first team for the 2009-10 La Liga campaign. After making just 15 league appearances in his debut season for Valencia, Alba quickly became a regular at the Mestalla. Apart from being a competent left back, Alba was also making a strong impression going forward. His pace and athleticism allowed him to make attacking runs while still being defensively sound. It did not take long for Barcelona to make Alba as one of their transfer targets to act as a long-term replacement for the likes of Eric Abidal.
After plenty of transfer rumours about his future, Alba made the switch to Barcelona for around £12.5 million in 2012. This marked a return to the club where he started his career. In his first season at the Camp Nou, Alba helped Barcelona to a league title, which also happened to be the first major club trophy of his career. Even though Alba’s campaign has suffered from injuries on a few occasions, he has largely been the first choice for Barcelona throughout his time.
Jordi Alba Transfer Rumours
- From Valencia to Barcelona for £12.6 million in 2012
Known for his extraordinary pace and athleticism, Alba is capable of going up and down the left flank with amazing ease. Despite being a left back, Alba has come up with several crucial goals – including a winner in the Copa del Rey final of 2016. It is not a surprise that such a powerful player is constantly featured in the transfer odds for a move away. Hence, Barcelona inserted a €150 million release clause when he extended his contract for the first time in 2015. The transfer news surrounding Alba went away for good when he signed a new contract in 2019 with a €500 million buyout clause.