Barcelona star Dani Alves looks a certainty to leave the Nou Camp this summer, as Luis Enrique has decided that he wants to give supporting full-backs Martin Montoya and Douglas the chance to prove themselves.
The veteran Brazil ace has found his future the subject of constant speculation over the past few months, with it having been assumed that his club would not be offering him a new contract. Alves’s current deal, which sees him earn a reported £96,000-a-week, lasts until the end of the season, but he’s free to negotiate with other teams as of January; a period when it’s likely he will be sold.
Alves to Old Trafford?
According to Catalan mouthpiece Mundo Deportivo Barcelona have now officially decided that Alves has no future at the club, which will be music to the ears of Manchester United. The Red Devils have registered an interest in the 31-year-old, and with their back-line looking alarmingly bereft of top-level experience Louis van Gaal is sure to take advantage of the situation at hand.
It’s said that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has made it common knowledge that Alves will be moving on, as Enrique is confident over Montoya’s and Douglas’s credentials in the first-team.
January move possible
Though as of yet United have made no official move it’s safe to assume they will in little over a month when the transfer window re-opens, and Alves could well find himself playing Premier League football before too long.
With the former Sevilla man more than capable of occupying a wing-back role on the right-hand side of the pitch he could well become one of Van Gaal’s most important winter buys. Thus far this campaign the Dutchman has seen his side ravaged by injuries, and his defence has taken a particularly sustained battering.
Even when fit the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans fail to inspire confidence however, and what United appear to need more than anything else in the current climate is a player who has been and done it all.
Alves, for all of his shortcomings, fits into this category, and the fact that he’s available for free in the summer means his signature could be acquired in January for a minimal fee.