Inter Milan can boost their push for the title next season if they sign Brazilian full-back Dani Alves from Barcelona.
The veteran right-back, whose form has dipped alarmingly over the past year and who struggled to make an impression at the World Cup, could play second fiddle to Martin Montoya as new manager Luis Enrique sets about ringing the changes at the Nou Camp.
In spite of comments made by sporting director Piero Ausillo quashing any rumours of a move, Inter should do their utmost to lure one of Barcelona’s greatest ever defenders to the San Siro.
At 31-years-old Alves is preparing to enter the twilight stage of his career, but when fully fit and firing he stands as one of the planet’s greatest full-backs.
He thrived most under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola, and was an integral part of the side that won two Champions League titles in three years in addition to four consecutive La Liga triumphs.
His defensive qualities may have always been questionable but as an attacking outlet he was faultless, and alongside Gerard Pique, Carlos Puyol and Eric Abidal was a part of one of the strongest back lines in world football.
Inter are keen to rebuild after a poor 2013-2014 where they failed to secure Champions League football just four years after lifting the trophy under Jose Mourinho.
Nemanja Vidic was poached from Manchester United as they toiled under David Moyes, and recruiting Alves during a similar spell of uncertainty over in Catalonia would be a shrewd piece of business.
His attacking potency would add to an already bolstered squad with Dani Osvaldo having signed on from Southampton, and could lead them to possess an attacking arsenal akin to current Scudetto holders Juventus.
Javier Zanetti’s retirement has left a huge void in the side, and with his years of experience at the highest level Alves would be the perfect replacement for his South American counterpart and club icon.
Despite Alves having now fallen down the Barcelona pecking order, any chance of a deal being struck seems problematic.
He remains a very loved and adored figure both inside and outside of the club, and with Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez already having been sold to Premier League duo Chelsea and Arsenal they are under no financial incentive to sell.
There remains few right-backs in world football better than the buckaneering Brazilian, with Phillip Lahm and Pablo Zabaleta both who stand as similarly brilliant but unlikely to leave their current clubs this transfer window.
Inter have the money to spend but could be more inclined to move for Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic or United’s Javier Hernandez should they receive any indication from either club that the players can depart for the right price.