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Inter Miami complete Jordi Alba signing

Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami have officially signed Spain international Jordi Alba on a free transfer.

Following the arrivals of Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets, the 34-year-old left-back has become the third former Barcelona ace to join the Herons this summer.

Messi and Busquets have already trained with the rest of the team under the stewardship of ex-Blaugrana coach Gerardo Martino, with the Argentine expected to make his Inter debut this weekend.

Both players have received Designated Player contracts at the DRV PNK Stadium, joining Ecuadorian forward Leonardo Campana on this special payment list.

Like Busquets, Alba ended his long-term association with Barcelona in June. He refused to extend his contract at Camp Nou after losing a starting role to Alejandro Balde last season.

After calling time on his trophy-laden 15-year career in Catalunya, the Spaniard will reunite with his ex-comrades in Florida, penning a deal until 2024 with an option to extend for a further year.

During his memorable time at Barcelona, Alba netted 37 goals and provided 107 assists in 605 appearances for the club.

He won 18 major titles with the Blaugrana, most recently helping Xavi Hernandez’s side regain La Liga supremacy for the first time since 2018/19.

Being part of Xavi’s title-winning squad was probably the only fitting way for Alba to wave goodbye to Barcelona before embarking on a new adventure across the Atlantic.

Fresh off lifting a sixth La Liga crown with Barca, he is ready to help Inter find some light at the end of a dark tunnel amid a dreadful MLS season as they welcome him stuck at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

Alba will unlikely be the last former Barcelona star to move to Fort Lauderdale this summer.

The North Americans are in advanced talks with ex-Vissel Kobe playmaker Andres Iniesta, who is currently a free agent after running down his contract in Japan.

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