Barcelona contract rebel Dani Alves is set to leave the Nou Camp when his contract expires next month, but will not consider offers until January, according to his agent.
Dinorah Santana, who curiously is also Alves' ex-wife, suggests that Barcelona's refusal to offer Alves a new deal has all but confirmed their intentions. Luis Enrique seems set on moving the Brazilian on and Santana says the flying right-back is preparing to listen to offers.
Santana is quoted by The Express as saying: "If the club [Barcelona] wanted to renew Alves they would have done it already. I would not do things they way they have."
On potential interest in the Premier League, she said: "We will leave the suitors until December or January... then we'll decide who to marry."
Alves will have no shortage of offers when his window to discuss a pre-contract opens in January. Manchester United and Chelsea are both heavily linked with a move for the 31-year-old while Liverpool and Manchester City are also in the fray.
Louis van Gaal could provide Alves with more first team opportunities at Old Trafford as Rafael is not deemed a long-term option as a wing-back in his 3-5-2 formation. With his attack first, defend second mentality, Alves fits into that role perfectly.
However, unless they can break back into the Champions League, they face an uphill struggle to tear him away from Stamford Bridge, Anfield or the Etihad. Jose Mourinho's side are, in particular, looking like a formidable outfit and joining the project would be tempting for Alves.
Manchester City already have Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta at right-back so it will be hard to see Alves fitting in. Meanwhile, Liverpool would be able to find a place for Alves only if Glen Johnson departs.
It appears the race for Alves will be won by whoever is offering the biggest wage. Alves is reported to be demanding an incredible £250,000-a-week from Premier League clubs, with a firm eye on sealing one last big pay day before retiring.
With Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City all struggling with Financial Fair Play regulations, Manchester United are firm favourites. But whether Van Gaal will see £250,000-a-week as value for money is another factor altogether. Such a wage would put him on par with top earners Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao and above Robin van Persie.