Inter Miami is increasingly confident of its ability to sign Spanish defender Jordi Alba, say sources familiar with the situation the athlete. The sources have been granted anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the deal publicly.
No deal is done or signed with Alba, but Miami is hopeful. If Alba joins, he will not occupy one of the three competitions reserved for players at the club.
Alba, 34, left Barcelona this summer after more than a decade with the club. He is currently a free agent and has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia.
The left-back has made 459 appearances for Barcelona, winning six La Liga titles and the Champions League once. Alba has 93 caps for Spain, including playing every minute for his country in two matches in the June international window when they won the UEFA Nations League.
Inter Miami has already agreed deals for Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets, two Barcelona legends. The club hopes Alba will meet his former MLS teammates.
Messi and Busquets will occupy two of the club’s three positions. Leandro Campana or Rodolfo Pizarro will take third place.
Inter Miami’s managing owner, Jorge Mas, revealed that the club was in negotiations with Alba last week: “Two or three more players are coming. We’ve spoken to Jordi Alba.”
Miami currently ranks last in the eastern standings with 17 points after 20 games, nine points behind the annex line. They will play two more league games before Messi makes his debut, leaving the legend with 12 league matches left to push for the playoffs.
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