Barcelona’s transfer business has already kicked off this summer, even if the arrivals, of Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay, have been on a free agent basis.
The Blaugrana now need to look at offloading players, if they’re to have any chance of reducing their wage bill for the coming year.
That’s seen Jordi Alba linked with a surprise exit from the Camp Nou. The fullback has previously stated he’d like to finish his career at the Catalan club and the efforts he put into hinting before getting his last renewal show how keen he was stay… and for a pay rise, of course.
Another club paying him what he gets now is unlikely, but if he were to move to Italy he could take advantage of the tax laws there. The Growth Decree would mean he could be paid less in total by a Serie A club, but actually take home more money than he does now.
Saturday’s edition of Mundo Deportivo looks at the situation, and they say that should Alba go then the name of his replacement is ‘written in capital letters’.
That man is JOSE LUIS GAYA, and Barcelona have been linked for quite some time.
According to the report, the Valencia player is their ‘number one priority’, but Barca would need their fellow Spanish club to hand out discounts again, like they did last summer.
Regardless, Alba doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere soon.