Race on for defender
Manchester City have joined Manchester United and Barcelona in the race to sign Spain and Valencia left-back Jordi Alba.
City are now believed to be interested in the 23-year-old starlet after his brilliant performances at Euro 2012 where he has been the standout left-back. France coach Laurent Blanc admitted he changed his tactics to play two right backs on Saturday night because of Alba's threat going forward, yet the Spaniard still created the opening goal with a pinpoint cross to Xabi Alonso. Manchester United have been scouting at the tournament for a left-back as Sir Alex Ferguson looks to find a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra. United have watched Alba and Holland's Jetro Willems closely after previously being linked to Everton's Leighton Baines this summer. Barcelona are still the favourites to land Alba after Euro 2012 but the interest of the two Manchester clubs could help Valencia squeeze every last euro out of any transfer this summer.