Barcelona defender Dani Alves' future remains uncertain after PSG abandoned the idea of signing the Brazilian according to French news paper, Le Parisien.
Alves' stay at the Camp Nou appears to have run its course following the arrival of new manager Luis Enrique, and if reports coming out of Paris are to be believed, the 31-year old will not feature for the French Champions next season after Barcelona failed to secure the services of international teammate Marquinhos.
BARCELONA NEED TO STRENGTHEN DEFENCE
All the transfer headlines coming out of Barcelona in recent weeks have been centred around Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain, however it is at the back that Enrique needs to pay some more attention, following the retirement of Carles Puyol and the impending departure of Victor Valdes.
Few would argue that Marquinhos is one of the best central defenders in world football and the perfect man to assume the long term responsibility in the heart of Barcelona's defence, but at just 20-years of age and barely 50-topflight club appearances between Corinthians, Roma and PSG, one wonders where the French Champions got their valuation from?
Barcelona were hoping to use the €15 million rated Alves and €30 million, in exchange for Marquinhos, however the arrival of Marquinhos international teammate David Luiz to PSG and the wage demands of Alves, have made the Paris based club look elsewhere.
ALVES PROVIDES PLENTY OF ATTACKING OPPORTUNITIES
PSG manager, Laurent Blanc, a defender himself during the French glory years, has decided to turn his attention to AC Milan's Ignazio Abate who is currently on World Cup duty with Italy and also shares the same manager as Ibrahimovic which could have some sway.
At 27-years of age, Abate looks better business and won't cost as much as the Brazilian.
This could very well pave the way for Alves to make a move to the Premiership, with Brendan Rodgers apparently interested in making the Brazilian an ambitious offer.
ALVES TO LIVERPOOL
Rodgers knows his experience will be crucial in Europe and Champions League football will provide Alves with the challenge that he is still capable of.
PSG's decision is sure to catch the attention of a number of European clubs however I get the impression Alves might have to either warm the bench for one more season at the Camp Nou or be a little more realistic on his wage demands.