Both sides are thought to be interested in the Spaniard, despite already having solid left-back options, but Mundo Deportivo claims they’ll both have a difficult time if they try to move on their interest.
“The main problem would be that the club (Barcelona) would not be, in principle, willing to negotiate, reports MD.
That shouldn’t come as a major surprise because the 25-year-old has started five La Liga games for the side this season as well as one in the Champions League.
He’s also reported to have a release clause in his current contract, which expires in 2017, of around €90 million which would severely dent the value of any move from either Manchester club.
City currently have two solid and different left-back options in the form of Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov.
They both offer Manuel Pellegrini different options and one would seemingly have to be moved on before a realistic move for Alba would be possible.
Manchester United were reported to be looking at Alba in the summer transfer window but showed their hand when they paid big cash for Luke Shaw from Southampton and Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon.
In short, had Louis van Gaal been intent on a move for Alba, he wouldn’t have spent big on two highly talented and long term left-back solutions.
The links could hint towards the potential winter intentions of both clubs but it’s difficult to see either making a move for him when he’d cost so much and when they don’t really need him.
It’s no surprise that Barca don’t have a willingness to negotiate a deal and it shouldn’t be a major surprise that he’s already proving to be a key part of Luis Enrique’s plans in his first season as head coach at the Nou Camp.