Manchester United are being linked with a move for Jordi Alba from Barcelona, who could already have a replacement lined up.
The 29-year-old has been a regular for Barca since arriving from Valencia in 2012 but is currently in dispute with the club over a new contract which could result in him leaving.
United have long been linked and reports claiming that Jose Mourinho is watching developments closely and could swoop if given any encouragement.
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United’s hopes have also been given a boost with the news that Barca appear to have lined up a replacement in the form of Lyon full-back Ferland Mendy.
Reports in Spain claim Barcelona have already scouted the youngster and he made a big impression during the Champions League clash with Manchester City last month.
Mendy has made nine appearances so far this season and he could soon find himself at the Nou Camp, with Barcelona ready to make their move in the coming months.