Barcelona veteran Jordi Alba To Leave Club In Summer Transfer Window
Barcelona veteran Jordi Alba is playing out his final games as a Blaugrana player.
The 34-year-old has decided that he will leave the club this summer, with an announcement to come. Alba has been a quintessential part of the Barcelona side for a decade of the 11 years he has been the club since returning from Valencia, but has lost his place in the side to Alejandro Balde this year.
Adria Albets revealed the information, which will see Barcelona lose their two most veteran players in Alba and Sergio Busquets this summer.
Alba was set to earn €38m next season in deferred salary payments, and with the club looking to cut its wage bill significantly, moving him on or reducing his salary was one of the main goals this summer. Gerard Romero has since put the figure that Alba will waive at around 50% his salary he was due to earn.
Toni Juanmarti has also confirmed the news and claims that Alba is set to give up a significant part of the salary he was due to receive this coming season. He had a year left on his deal, but seemingly the club left it to Alba to decide whether he would stay or not.
Alba will go down as one of the greatest left-backs in history, and quite probably the best Barcelona have had.
His ability to break down defences with accurate deliveries and line-breaking runs was unparalleled for much of his career. From Tito Vilanova’s record-breaking title-winners, only Sergi Roberto remains at the club now.