Barca poised to buy Alba from Valencia
Barcelona are poised to buy the promising Jordi Alba from Valencia, according to media reports on Friday.
Alba, 23, will be Spain's left-back at Euro 2012, after enjoying two excellent seasons for Valencia.
Catalan daily Sport claimed on Friday that Alba has already agreed to a five-year contract with Barca, worth around €3 million per season, and that the transfer fee will be between 12 and 15 million euros.
Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo said that the deal was "just a few hours away" because Valencia president Manuel Llorente was in Barcelona to close the sale.
Alba, in Poland with the Spain squad, said on Thursday: "It's better I don't talk about it (the transfer). I am just focused on the Euros, then we will see what happens."
However, he added that "Barca is the team that plays the best football, I like their philosophy."
Alba was born and raised close to Barcelona and spent seven years in the club's famous youth sections, from 1998 to 2005, before moving on to Cornella and Tarragona.
He joined Valencia in 2009 and was converted by coach Unai Emery from left-winger to left-back.
If his transfer goes through, he will be third youngster brought back by Barcelona in recent years after initially failing to make the grade following Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique.