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Dani Alves confirms Premier League transfer plans

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Barcelona defender Dani Alves has stated his intention to move to the Premier League next summer, after confirming that this season will be his last at Camp Nou.

In an exclusive interview with Brazilian newspaper O Globo, the 31-year-old revealed plans to test himself in England's top-flight after attracting interest from a number of clubs, notably Manchester United and Liverpool.

Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has growing concerns over the capability of current first-choice right-back Rafael, and is considering replacing him with the vastly more experienced Alves.

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Valuable experience

The Brazil international has enjoyed a very successful career to date, winning the Copa America and the Confederations Cup twice during 74 appearances for his country.

At club level the South American star became one of Pep Guardiola's first big-money signings at Barcelona in 2008, and has played an integral role for the Catalan club, contributing towards the 16 trophies won - both domestically and in Europe - over the past six seasons.

Prior to joining Barcelona, Alves enjoyed six successful years at Sevilla, and racked up five trophies during his time at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium, which ultimately attracted the attention of Guardiola.

However, his spell with Barca will shortly come to an end following the £120,000-a-week star's latest comments which intimate plans are already in place for a move away from Spain at the end of the season.

Dani Alves quote:

"Next year I'm moving to England. I'm going to play at the home of football," he was quoted saying by The Metro. "This will be my last season at the club."

The marauding full-back has also attracted the attention of Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, as he too searches for a replacement for the under-fire Glen Johnson.

Javier Manquillo has been brought in on a two-year loan deal, but the Northern Irishman feels that Liverpool would benefit from Alves's big-game experience were he to agree a move to Merseyside.

The Reds have already shown their naivety since returning to the Champions League this season, struggling to get past Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets at home and losing to FC Basel in Switzerland last night.

Defence has certainly been Liverpool's main area of weakness in what has been a largely disappointing start to the 2014/15 campaign, but they won't get chance to strengthen again until the transfer window reopens in January.

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