Barcelona reunion intensifies with Jordi Alba set to join Inter Miami

The Barcelona revolution at Inter Miami could well be taken up another notch, as Jordi Alba is set to be unveiled by the MLS club, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Spanish full back, who departed Camp Nou in the summer, will be reunited with former Barça teammates Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets, former manager Tata Martino and, potentially, Luis Suárez in Florida.

Born in L’Hospitalet, the Catalonia native racked up over 450 appearances for Barcelona in eleven years, winning 18 trophies.

Inter Miami co-owner, Jorge Mas, has spoken openly about the club’s desire to add more talent of Messi’s calibre to make the team more competitive in the MLS. The signing of Alba, who has won 93 caps for Spain and is by no means over the hill at 34-years-old, would go some way to adding a much-needed boost to a team that sits bottom of the league after 22 matches.

Alba is soon to become a father for the third time; the family-orientated nature of the Inter Miami project has had some sway in him deciding to make Florida the destination for the autumn of his career, much as it ultimately did for Messi.

As Inter Miami already have three franchise players (Messi, Busquets, and Josef Martinez) Alba will be classified as a TAM (targeted allocation money) player, placing Alba in a tier below them in terms of the possible size of his contract.

Anthony Tomas | GSFN

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