West Ham United are plotting a sensational swoop for Barcelona defender Jordi Alba in the January transfer window.
As per Spanish outlet Fichajes, Jordi Alba is a target for West Ham United. The Premier League outfit want to sign the Barcelona defender in this winter transfer window.
The Hammers have experienced a slump in performance as they are struggling in the 16th place. West Ham are just one point adrift of the relegation zone, and any further slip-ups will be a massive stumbling block in their aspirations.
Alba’s curious case remains a mystery. The veteran Spanish defender has provided years of service to Barcelona. But with the Catalan club aiming to reduce their wage bill, Alba could face the axe soon.
The 33-year-old, who has recently been called up to another World Cup squad with Spain, has a contract till 2024. And the Blaugrana want to come to an amicable solution regarding his future.
Despite activating a number of economic levers, Barcelona still need to overcome their heavy budget. And for that, they need to cut off its huge wage spending. Meanwhile, Alba has insisted that he wants to retire at Barcelona.
Alba is one of the highest-paid players at the club, and Barcelona might accept a lower transfer fee to facilitate his transfer from Camp Nou. Both Aaron Cresswell and Emerson Palmieri have been good with their opportunities for West Ham. But an experienced campaigner like Alba can change the ambience in the dressing room.
His pay package might pose a problem for the Hammers. But chances like this come once in a blue moon, and the London giants will make the Barcelona defender try to feel warm and comfortable at the club.
Alba has never been tested in the Premier League, but the English top flight consists of a lot of Spanish players who have been pretty consistent season after season. Barcelona are yet to receive any kind of indication from West Ham, but a good World Cup can change the scenario as it stands.
Barcelona will take the World Cup break as a period to deal with the contractual situation of players. And Alba might be one of the players who could be on their way out of Camp Nou soon. He is one of the most decorated players in the history of Barcelona and could light up the London Stadium with his big strides.