Barcelona meets with representatives of Jordi Alba

Barcelona meets with representatives of Jordi Alba

Geordi is whiteCorrespondent in BarcelonaMay 10, 2023, 07:28 a.m. ETReading: two minutes.

Barcelona – Having solved one of the mysteries at this end of the cycle with the final announcement of the departure of Sergio Busquets, Barcelona is looking for a way out for Jordi Alba, who is the footballer along with the already renewed Sergio Roberto. With seniority on the team and that with another season on his contract, he wasn’t part of the club’s future plans, ESPN was able to learn.

The 34-year-old full-back, who has made 456 first-team appearances for Barcelona since 2012, has both actively and passively announced his intention to stay at Barcelona despite losing his starting position to youngster Alejandro Balde.

Jordi Alba celebrates after scoring Barcelona’s winning goal against Osasuna at the Camp Nou.Alex Caparros / Getty Images

Already last summer, Barcelona tried, unsuccessfully, to force him to leave for Inter Milan and the door was not closed in the club, on the contrary, to press him again, looking for a way out.

This Wednesday, in fact, FC Barcelona director of football Matteo Alemani held a meeting in the offices of Ciudad Deportiva with the player’s representatives in which he informed them of the club’s desire to agree to the termination of the contract. Barcelona will be willing to pay the full-back part of the token for next season, even reaching the total amount he must collect, adding to what he can sign with another club.

The meeting was the first contact, which, without being final at all, revealed the plans the club had, in a situation not much different from the one that transferred Gerard Pique in the summer of 2022.

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It so happens that Alba, between her salary and the arrears that Barcelona owes her since the pandemic, has secured a net income of nearly $20 million, to which must be added the end-of-contract bonus offered by Josep María Bartomeu’s board of directors when he signed his last renewal in February 2019 and it is difficult for him to come close to Such favorable conditions in another club.

The matter can be clarified by Xavi Hernández, who admitted several dates ago that in the coming weeks he will begin his round of contacts with the players to inform his plans for the next season. The coach admitted, without naming names, that he would be clear with everyone who does not enter into his sporting project, and as he did last year with Pique, he ventures that it will be the same speech that will transfer Jordi Alba, who has fallen into the role in the team, after playing 27 out of 48 matches. possible and only complete eight of them.

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