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United Make Interest Known In £130m Rated Barcelona Star But Future Hinges On Contract Talks

Manchester United and Juventus have registered their interest in Barcelona fullback Jordi Alba, according to reports in Spain.

The Red Devils have reportedly told the defender’s agent Vicente Fores that they are keen on signing the 29-year-old if he chooses to leave the Camp Nou.

There has been a long delay in Barca opening negotiations with Alba about a contract extension, with the player seemingly not happy that talks haven’t begun sooner.

The Spaniard’s current deal expires in 2020 and his club are said to be hopeful of agreeing a new contract before the end of the year.

Alba currently has a release clause of €150m (£130m), and it is not known whether Barcelona would hold out for that amount if negotiations over a new deal stall.

United manager Jose Mourinho has shown his faith in Luke Shaw at the start of this season, but there would be a huge temptation to sign Alba if the fullback were to become available.