Chelsea have been made the favourites to sign Barcelona right-back Dani Alves ahead of Manchester United and Liverpool, thanks to their handsome Brazilian contingent.
At Stamford Bridge Oscar, Willian and Ramires are all ready to help the Blues land their international teammate, with the Daily Express claiming their influence will be enough to allow Jose Mourinho to edge it in this transfer battle.
Though Chelsea were said to be on the periphery of the speculation linking Alves with a Premier League move, the report in question claims that they are keen to beat United to his signature, and will use the advantages at their disposal to ensure that Louis van Gaal doesn’t have the last laugh.
Alves at Barcelona
Currently Alves is running down a contract at the Nou Camp which expires next summer and, with Martin Montoya and Douglas standing ahead of him in the pecking order, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that he’ll be handed a new deal. This idea is reinforced by the fact that Luis Enrique is beginning a new era in Catalonia, one which has already seen Alexis Sanchez, Alex Song and Francesc Fabregas depart the club.
Recent rumours have latched onto the idea that Alves’s days with the Blaugrana are numbered, and the general consensus is that the Premier League will be his next destination. There is intrigue from Europe's other major leagues but it's said that the former Sevilla man is keen to make England the last stop in his playing career at the top level.
The move to Chelsea?
Now, despite strong interest from PSG, Juventus, United and Liverpool, Chelsea appear to have seized the initiative, with Alves keen to link up with fellow Portuguese-speaker Mourinho. The Special One has Branislav Ivanovic currently ruling the roost on the right-hand side of his defence, and Cesar Azpilicueta in reserve, but the 30-year-old Barcelona star arguably has more experienced than both of them.
Though it’s unlikely he would be handed a starting spot ahead of Ivanovic he would make for another useful backup, with Azpilicueta then deputising in the left-back role, as he did at times for Ashley Cole last term.
On top of the other obvious draws of moving to Chelsea, Alves would also be offered the opportunity of linking back up with Fabregas, who made the switch to Stamford Bridge this summer. The Spaniard, like Alves, found himself frozen out in Catalonia and Mourinho offered him a way out, will he do the same for his former teammate?