Barcelona's summer makeover, led by Joan Laporta, is well underway. Things haven't been easy for the team, which has been tasked with correcting a terrifying economic catastrophe while also creating a competitive squad for the coming season. However, the club has been undergoing significant changes.
Apart from the significant additions made during the transfer window, including Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia, and Emerson Royal, with more expected, the president has been working on significant concerns like Lionel Messi's contract renewal and relieving the club's financial burden.
One of the essential components of this will be renegotiating the contracts of some of the squad's veterans. Salary deductions will be critical in reducing Barcelona's bloated wage bill, which has underperformed on a hefty wage in recent years.
Like Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba is a veteran who will have to renegotiate his contract. However, it is unknown how the negotiations would progress or whether the player will be receptive to the concept. Alba has polarised opinion in recent seasons, with world-class performances sandwiched between some truly awful ones.
According to SPORT, the left-back is now on Inter Milan's radar, with the Italian club sensing an opportunity as Barcelona plans a rebuild. Junior Firpo was previously attempted to be signed by the Italian champions, but the transaction fell through.
Now that Ashley Young and Aleksander Kolarov, their left-backs, are 36 and 35 years old, they seek a replacement. Alba is also 32, so the Nerazzurri could be able to get their hands on him for a bargain. The Spaniard will not be easy to sign because he is an essential player for Barcelona, and they need depth in the left-back position.
The Blaugrana are also looking for a left-back, but no progress has been made on that front. Due to financial constraints, the source claims that Barcelona might receive several players in exchange for Alba. Which players and in which positions will be crucial; otherwise, the Catalans would have to demand money if Alba is allowed to leave so that they may join the market for a replacement.