The Manchester Evening News suggest Alba is open to a move to Old Trafford having struggled for game time under Luis Enrique this season and claim the Red Devils could land him for a bargain £25m.
But Spanish publication Diario Gol claim Lionel Messi is attempting to block the move.
Jordi Alba's Barcelona contract has a buyout clause of £130m
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The report claims the Argentine is a big fan of the defender and doesn’t want a repeat scenario of trying to find a replacement for him in the summer following their struggles to replace Dani Alves last summer.
But despite Messi trying his best to keep the defender at the Nou Camp the decision ultimately lies with Alba.
The report claims the 28-year-old is waiting to see who will succeed Enrique at the end of the season before making a decision on his future.
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Jose Mourinho is keen to bring Jordi Alba to Manchester United
Lionel Messi is hoping to block Jordi Alba leaving the Nou Camp
Barca are unlikely to want to part with Alba though, who is under contract until 2020 with a buyout clause of £130m.
United are set to have to offer much more than £25m if the Spanish giants are to consider doing business with them in the transfer window.