Alba goes home to Barcelona as Spanish giants beat United to 12m Spain left-back
13:52 GMT, 28 June 2012
Barcelona have signed Valencia full-back Jordi Alba for 11.7million, beating Manchester United to the Spain international.
The 23-year-old, who is currently on duty at Euro 2012, will pen a five-year contract once he has passed his medical, Barca have confirmed.
A Barcelona statement on the club's website read: 'Barcelona announce that today they reached an agreement with Valencia for the transfer of Jordi Alba, who will undergo his medical next week.
No pain for Spain: Jordi Alba has completed a move to Barcelona from Valencia
'The cost of the operation will be 14million euros and the player will sign a contract for the next five seasons.'
Attacking left-back Alba, whose contract with Valencia was due to expire in June 2013, is no stranger to Barcelona.
Born in the Catalan city of L'Hospitalet, Alba spent seven years at Barca's famous La Masia youth academy from 1998 to 2005.
Afterwards he played for local lower-league side Cornella for two years before joining Valencia in 2007.
At the Mestalla, Alba was part of the Valencia reserve side that was promoted to Segunda B before spending the 2008/09 season on loan at Gimnastic Tarragona.
Pastures new: Jordi Alba (right) will hope for more success at his new club
On returning to Valencia he soon became a regular in coach Unai Emery's first team, making 74 league appearances in three seasons, scoring five goals.
That earned him international recognition, with his debut coming against Scotland last October. He has won 10 caps to date and has been an ever-present in Spain's five Euro 2012 matches so far, helping them through to Sunday's final.
Alba is Barcelona's first signing of the summer as they build towards next season under new coach Tito Vilanova, who has replaced Pep Guardiola.