Manchester United and Liverpool are both poised to offer Dani Alves an escape route from Barcelona at the end of this season when his contract expires, according to the Daily Express.
The British publication claims that Brendan Rodgers and Louis van Gaal may both negotiate with the Brazilian full-back’s representatives in January, with a view to taking him on a short-term deal next summer. Alves’s future has been up in the air for sometime now, with many expecting him to have been sold by Luis Enrique before the transfer window slammed shut.
The 31-year-old’s current deal at the Nou Camp expires at the end of this campaign, and it’s been made abundantly clear by Barca’s dogged pursuit of Fiorentina wingback Juan Cuadrado that Alves’s days as a definite first-team starter in Spain are numbered.
Alves to leave
As such he is expected to begin looking for a new club in January, and both Liverpool and United could offer him the chance to play in the Premier League before he hangs up his boots. The diminutive defender is also wanted by mega-rich Paris Saint-Germain and Italian giants Inter Milan, and so it’s unlikely he’ll be short of offers.
With that in mind, unless Enrique decides to undertake an incredible u-turn - made all the more unlikely by the Catalan’s purchase of right-back Douglas - and resolves to keep Alves, it’s virtually guaranteed that by this time next year he will be plying his trade elsewhere.
Alves at United
With Louis van Gaal determined to revamp his squad in order to bring them up to speed with their closest Premier League rivals he may well see Alves’s experience as being a useful addition to his roster.
At the moment Rafael da Silva and Antonio Valencia look set to compete for the right wingback berth at Old Trafford this term, though neither has been adequately convincing in the position to date.
That being said Alves would have to acclimatise to the rigours of English football, which are oh so different from the staples found in the La Liga style he’s been playing for the best part of his career.
The Liverpool switch
Alternatively he could decide upon Liverpool, who will be playing Champions League football this season virtue of their second-placed finish last term.
Current right-back Glen Johnson has been ostracised for his under-par performances of late, though Jon Flanagan is waiting in the wings to replace him, as will Javi Manquillo be if his loan move to Anfield from Atletico Madrid is made permanent.