Dani Alves: I'm the best Brazilian since Pele

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Barcelona defender Dani Alves claims he is the best Brazilian player since Pele, based on the number of trophies he's won during his time in La Liga. (O Globo)

The 31-year-old hit the headlines earlier this week following reports he wanted to move to the Premier League upon the expiry of his contract at Camp Nou next summer.

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Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been credited with an interest in acquiring the £120,000-a-week full-back's services, before Alves's ex-wife and agent rubbished suggestions of an imminent switch to England.

It's understandable that Alves has attracted admiring glances from a host of top European clubs given how successful his career has been, with four La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys, two Champions Leagues, two UEFA Cups, and two FIFA Club World Cups to his name.

However, the South American is yet to lay his hands on the biggest prize of all - the World Cup - which makes his self-confidence seem even more audacious, particularly when he's arguably not even the most celebrated player in his specialist position, with that accolade surely going to Cafu - the two-time World Cup winning captain.

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Jose Mourinho has been placed on red alert after Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho admitted he wants to play in England. (Daily Express)

The Portugal international has been heavily linked with Chelsea and a number of other Premier League clubs, and the Blues boss is likely to try and lure his compatriot to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is coming under increasing pressure from the Spanish press after failing to find the net again during La Roja's 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifying defeat against Slovakia. (Daily Star)

The 26-year-old has made a scintillating start to his career at Stamford Bridge with nine goals already in the Premier League. However, the former Atletico Madrid man has gone six games without a goal for his adopted country after firing another blank on Thursday night.

Chelsea are lining up a shock £48 million bid for Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, who is stalling on signing a new contract with his current employers. (Daily Express)

The England international is reportedly considering his options at Anfield, and Jose Mourinho is ready to test Brendan Rodgers' resolve with a big-money bid for the 19-year-old next year.

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