Spain star Jordi Alba believes Barca are conspiring against him after he was recently linked with a move to West Ham.
West Ham allegedly want to sign Spanish left-back Alba from Barcelona in the January transfer window.
That’s according to a recent report from Spain, which we suggested should be taken with a pinch of salt here on Hammers News.
On the face of it the links are understandable.
Barcelona are reportedly keen to move Alba on in the January window and David Moyes clearly needs to bring in a new left-back with Emerson failing to oust the ageing Aaron Cresswell.
But delve deeper and it seems somewhat unrealistic to say the least for West Ham and the player.
The report claims the Hammers are keen to sign the 33-year-old but Moyes would surely be looking to bring in a young, modern full-back as Cresswell’s heir rather than one that is even older than him.
And one of big reasons Barcelona are allegedly trying to get him out is to shed his huge salary off their wage bill amid their financial struggles.
Alba earns a whopping £186k-a-week at Barcelona (Salary Sport) and there is simply no way West Ham would be willing to give that kind of money to a player in that position and at that age.
Spain star Alba believes Barca are conspiring against him after recent links to the likes of West Ham.
Speaking to Cadena Cope – as also reported by Mundo Deportivo – Alba has reacted to reports about Barca trying to offload him to the likes of West Ham by accusing the club of leaking out news about him.
Alba says he has ‘endured a summer of transfer rumours and accusations about him refusing to lower his salary’.
“I have it very clear that news leaked out. I’ve been at the club for a long time and I know the environment.”
Football Espana has explained why Barca may be trying to hawk high-earner Alba out to clubs in need of a new left-back.
“It is thought that Alba is one of several players that were given significantly above market salaries by the previous President Josep Maria Bartomeu in order to shift more of their earnings down the line,” Football Espana reports.
“With the club footing the bill for those deals now, the current board appear to be doing their best to force an exit or a reduced deal for these players, so that they can continue rebuilding the squad within the La Liga salary limits. Gerard Pique’s retirement may well have been partly down to the pressure applied by the club.”