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Barcelona make Jordi Alba renewal a priority

Barcelona make Jordi Alba renewal a priority

Barcelona and Jordi Alba have sat down for the first time to discuss his contract renewal, according to reports.

Alba’s current deal at the Camp Nou expires in June 2020, but Vicente Fores has claimed the former Valencia man has been waiting since 2016 for fresh terms.

The likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique have all since signed new deals, whilst the Catalan club also issued Samuel Umtiti with fresh and improved terms this summer.

Alba, who last signed a contract with Barca in 2015 – was in superb form last season, having helped his side to a La Liga and Copa del Rey double and he has continued in the same vein so far this season.

Reports of an exit have since followed, but it is now being reported by Mundo Deportivo that an extension has been offered.

The Catalan media outlet claim that a deal until 2023 has been offered and that Alba is keen to tie down the deal, sooner rather than later.

And, included in the new deal could be an increase to his minimum release clause, which is set at 150m euros presently.

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Alba has played in over 250 matches for Barca since returning to his boyhood club in 2012 from Valencia.