As we enter the final two weeks of the 2022/23 La Liga season, champions Barcelona are already starting to plan their squad for the next campaign.
It is no secret that the Blaugrana need to make major cuts to their salary mass and generate fresh revenue to be able to sign new players in the summer. As such, there are several players whose futures have been thrown into uncertainty.
One such star who could be allowed to leave in the summer is Jordi Alba. The 34-year-old has lost his spot in the starting XI to Alejandro Balde while his steep wages make it unfeasible for Barça to keep him at the club.
As such, SPORT is reporting that Barcelona would be willing to let Alba for free this summer, with Serie A heavyweights Inter Milan and Juventus interested in signing him.
Inter Milan were keen on signing Alba last summer as well and had held talks with the Blaugrana late in the transfer window, but the move did not materialise as the player was not looking to leave.
The UEFA Champions League finalists are now again prepared to try their luck in signing the Spaniard, as long as he arrives for free, a possibility to which Barcelona are open.
Juventus are also on the lookout for a new left-back having decided to part ways with Alex Sandro. And Alba has emerged as a potential target for the Bianconeri.
Barcelona, for their part, are seeking a resolution to Alba’s situation at the earliest. Given that his wages for next season, including past deferrals, would rise above €30 million, the La Liga champions are keen to agree a mutual termination of contract.
Alba, though, wants to stay put at Barça and see out his contract which expires in 2024. He recently had a meeting with president Joan Laporta, where his future was discussed although no concrete talks about a pay cut or termination were talks held.
It remains to be seen if the Spaniard changes his mind amidst the interest from Juventus and Inter Milan.