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Manchester City could beat Manchester United to Dani Alves

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Manchester United are leading the race to sign to Dani Alves according to the Mirror - but the Brazilian is said to favour a switch to Manchester City.

The full-back is widely expected to leave the Nou Camp after this season and is set to head to England, which could spark an almighty bidding war for his services amongst the Premier League's elite.

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Manchester United look short at right-back with the unreliable Rafael currently first choice at Old Trafford. Manager Louis van Gaal has reportedly identified the area as a point of weakness in his squad and will look to add reinforcements next year - with Alves believed to be high up on his list.

The Mirror claim that sources within Manchester United have confirmed the interest in Alves, who would slot straight into the first team because of Van Gaal's concerns over Rafael's long-term future at Old Trafford.

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Indeed the Mirror report that Manchester United are at the front of the queue for the Barcelona ace, although it's not likely to be plain sailing for the Red Devils; the paper adds that he would in fact prefer a move to rivals Manchester City. He is said to have a good relationship with Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano, the former Barcelona directors who now work at Manchester City.

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The one caveat for both Manchester City and Manchester United is that they need to be assured that Alves will be motivated to continue playing at the highest level and, at 31-years-old,  is not just seeking one last big pay day before he retires.

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The Brazil international was reportedly close to joining Manchester City back in 2010, only to renege on the deal and sign a new contract with Barcelona instead.

It is possible that a deal for a small fee could be struck in January instead of a free transfer in the summer when Alves' contract expires. If the move does happen he is said to be seeking a contract offer worth around £96,000-per-week. Chelsea have been linked with the former Sevilla ace but it looks as though it is now a straight shootout between Manchester United and Manchester City.

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