For a while now it has been just a matter of time before it was announced. Today is finally that day as an official statement saying: "FC Barcelona can announce that it has reached an agreement today with Valencia CF for the transfer of player Jordi Alba, pending the player’s medical examination when he comes to the city of Barcelona next week," was released. The two sides negotiated a €14 million transfer fee.
After completing the physical examination Alba will sign a 5-year contract. Just 23 years old Alba is becoming one of the best left-backs in the world and is currently the starting left-back for Vicente del Bosque's Spain team that yesterday won a place in the final in the EURO 2012.
Jordi Alba began his footballing career in Barcelona's famed La Masia but after a seven year stint in the youth ranks he was released by the club in 2005. After a short stint with UE Cornellà he was picked up by Valencia where he first impressed with the B team as he helped the team secure a promotion. After a loan to Gimnàstic de Tarragona he returned to Valencia where he was a regular member of the starting XI in the last two seasons.
Alba is happy that he is "returning home". He was also quoted saying: "It has been a double satisfaction for me: qualifying for the Euro final with Spain and now the confirmation of my transfer to Barça."