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Chelsea set for Barça transfer tug-of-war
- Updated: 11 March, 2012
Chelsea are still confident they can secure the signature of Spanish left-back Jordi Alba, despite reports claiming he is closing on a switch to Barcelona.
Former Chelsea boss Andres Villas-Boas was keen to bring the highly-rated Valencia defender to Stamford Bridge before being relieved of his duties last week, however it is still believed officials at the London club are confident they can broker a deal to bring Alba to Stamford Bridge.
Barcelona have also been heavily linked with a move for Alba, who was at their famed la Masia academy before moving to the Mestalla, and TalkSport claim Chelsea face a tough battle with the Catalan giants who are seen as favourites for the player’s signature.
Alba’s contract expires next summer withValencia pushing the 22-year-old to pen a new deal, however those talks have stalled, leading to increased speculation he is on his way out.
Chelsea have appointed Roberto Di Matteo as coach until the end of the season, when they will appoint a full time replacement, and the current uncertainty at Stamford Bridge may lead Alba to decide his future lies in Spain and Barcelona.