The full-back has performed consistently well throughout Valencia's La Liga campaign this season. As such, Alba is seen as an ideal signing for the Catalan club to strengthen the left side of their defence, with Eric Abidal unlikely to return in the near future.
Developed by the Barcelona youth system, it is believed Alba would have no problems fitting into the current squad's style of play. The Spaniard has supposedly agreed to personal terms with the Catalans, though both clubs remain in discussion regarding the final transfer fee.
Alba's contract with Los Che runs till 2013. However, Barcelona are eager to bring the defender into their ranks before the start of next season, as it is rumoured that he is being closely watched by other European giants such as Manchester United and AC Milan.