- Club: Valencia
- Position: Left winger/left back
- Age: 22
- Nationality: Spanish
What? But why not Jordi Alba’s more experienced and more proven teammate Juan Manuel Mata?
Well Valencia are crippled with debts of €500 million, they are desperate, and they will milk as much money from Mata as possible.
They’ll ask Liverpool if you paid £35 million for Andy Carroll, why don’t you pay £40-50 for our Mata who is a better player?
According to Guillem Balague, at GuillemBalague.com, Mata has a buyout clause of €60 million, which should give you an idea of how much Valencia value Mata.
Unless Valencia are willing to be rational, accept a £20-25 million bid for Mata, then Daglish should go for Alba.
Of course Alba hasn’t looked world class with someone as good Mata ahead of him, but he has shown quality and promise.
Manager Unai Emery has played Alba at left back this season, and Alba has shown tenacious defending, terrific pace and tried his best even played out of position or off the bench.
For me, when Mata leaves, Alba will flourish and develop into an exceptional player, if played as a left winger.
If Liverpool make a £8-12 million bid for Alba, can Valencia resist?
Why Daglish should sign Alba: Has shown some quality at left back, a lot of pace, and has a good future ahead of him either as a left back or as a left winger.
Why Daglish shouldn’t sign Alba: Not proven, not guaranteed to succeed right away which is what Liverpool want. Instead of a fair £8-12 million for Alba, Valencia may inflate it to £20 million. Then again, Valencia may simply not even sell Alba this summer, knowing the potential he has to generate them more money if he develops in seasons to come.