Barcelona identify David Alaba as Jordi Alba’s long-termBarcelona identify David Alaba as Jordi Alba’s long-term replacement replacement
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Alba is set to turn 31 next year.

And Barcelona have started looking for his replacement.

La Liga defending champions Barcelona have identified Bayern Munich’s David Alaba as a potential long-term replacement for the veteran left-back Jordi Alba. Alba joined Barcelona from Valencia in 2012 for a reported transfer fee of just €14 million in what seems to be one of the most successful transfers for the Catalans in recent times.

He has played 310 matches for the Blaugrana so far, scoring 16 goals and providing 57 assists for his team till date. He has also lifted one Champions League, five La Liga titles, four Spanish Cups, four Spanish Super Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup with Barcelona so far.

Alaba, meanwhile, was promoted to the Bayern Munich first team in 2010 and has been a regular starter for them since 2011. Despite being aged only 27, he has already made 358 appearances for the Bavarians across all competitions, recording 30 goals and 46 assists for them so far. He has won the Champions League once, the Bundesliga eight times, the German Cup five times the FIFA Club World Cup once, the UEFA Super Cup once and the German Super Cup four times.

Sport Bild claim that Barcelona have identified Alaba as a long-term replacement for Alba. The report also suggests that Bayern want the 27-year-old to sign a new contract but he is yet to decide on that. However, the German outfit will prefer keeping Alaba as he is one of their key players and might try to give him a new contract.

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