Manchester United face a new competitor in their supposed hunt for Barcelona star Dani Alves, as it’s been claimed that Juventus will now rival them for his signature should they lose the services of Stephan Lichtsteiner.
According to Tuttosport the Italian giants are wary that they Lichtsteiner may be on his way out of the club, with the Switzerland international now firmly in the last year of his deal in Turin. As such they’re readying their options if they need to find a replacement, and Alves, whose contract with Barca is up at the same time as Lichtsteiner’s, is seen as an ideal candidate.
Interest in Alves
The Brazilian right-back was a regular fixture during the World Cup and remains highly regarded, but it looks as though he could become another casualty of Luis Enrique’s reign as Nou Camp boss. So far the Spaniard has appeared hell bent on revamping his side in the wake of a trophy-less campaign endured under his predecessor Gerardo Martino, and it very much seems like it’s going to be out with the old, in with the new.
As a result of this stance Alves is unlikely to be offered a new contract, particularly as Martin Montoya is fighting for his position and Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado finds himself on the transfer radar. The recent speculation claims that he is aware of this and so is keeping his options open, with a move to the Premier League high on his wish list if it comes to it.
Alves in the Premier League
A host of clubs in England are said to be interested in Alves, with United joined by Manchester City and Chelsea. Yet it’s the Red Devils, currently being rebuilt in the aftermath of Van Gaal’s takeover, who look like the most likely suitors.
City have both Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna competing for the right-back slot whilst Chelsea boast Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta, meaning neither will likely be too fussed when it comes to pursuing Alves. United on the other hand have defensive frailties, and Van Gaal is said to be concerned with the consistency of Rafael da Silva.
Yet United might a stern battle when Alves does eventually become available, virtue of Juve’s growing concerns with regards to their own defensive options. The Italian giants might not be able to compete with United in terms of wages but a move to Serie A would certainly be the safer option if Alves plans on finishing his career on a high.