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Dani Alves set to leave Barcelona

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Barcelona right-back Dani Alves is poised to leave the Camp Nou this summer after his agent confirmed they have received no offers regarding a new contract.

The Brazil international's current deal expires at the end of the season, and Barcelona appear to have no desire to offer the 31-year-old a renewal - even though they are prohibited from signing a replacement until January, when the club's transfer ban comes to an end.

Alves - who is understood to be on the radar of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool - has been a Barcelona player since 2008 and will walk away from the club as one of their all-time great full-backs.

Alves to begin search for new club

The South American has won a host of major honours at Barcelona including four La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues winners' medals - but the Catalan giants appear to believe the in-demand attacking wing-back will be surplus to requirements at the end of the season.

“They haven’t contacted us,” Dinorah Santana, Alves's agent, told Spanish radio station Cadena SER, according to the Guardian. “I interpret that silence to mean they don’t want Dani Alves, so we will begin searching for a new club.

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“We won’t wait for Barcelona, they have to take the plunge. Alves has spent seven years here and he has behaved like a professional at all times.

“Barcelona have not had a sporting director for a month and Alves is free to negotiate with any club. (Former director of football) Andoni Zubizarreta didn’t tell us anything.”

Offers expected

Santana's comments could spark a flood of offers from interested clubs, including the aforementioned Premier League teams.

Alves remains a first-class right-back, while his experience would make him a valuable asset for any team.

Manchester United

It was reported last month by Spanish publication Sport that the presence of former Barcelona teammate Victor Valdes at Old Trafford could be enough to tempt Alves to agree a deal with Manchester United, who are believed to be on the lookout for a new right-back to replace Rafael.

But the South American ace will have lucrative offers from a number of different clubs in top European clubs - and will be keen to join a team with which he can continue adding to his trophy collection.

Inferior right-backs

If they allow his contract to expire, Barcelona will be allowing their best right-back to leave the Camp Nou.

Martin Montoya has not developed at the rate people at Barcelona hoped he would when he made his senior debut in 2011, while summer signing Douglas has looked poor in his first three appearances following his surprise move from Sao Paulo.

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