Dani Alves would choose PSG over Premier League

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Barcelona defender Dani Alves would join Paris Saint-Germain over any other club if he doesn't renew his contract in Catalonia, according to reports.

El Mundo Deportivo claims that the Brazilian full-back is thinking seriously about his future, with a contract set to expire on June 30th and negotiations over a new deal currently on hold.

No offer

Luis Enrique has publicly been positive over Alves, but behind closed doors has opted against trying to tie down the 31-year-old beyond the end of the current season.

And, the paper claims that if an offer is not forthcoming at the Nou Camp, the player would opt to join PSG over any other club.

There is an obvious international connection for Alves at the Parc des Princes, with David Luiz and Thiago Silva the starting centre backs for the Ligue 1 giants. 33-year-old Maxwell, another Brazilian, also features regularly at left-back.

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Lucas Moura and Marquinhos are two additional compatriots in the PSG first team, highlighting just how strong the Brazilians have become for PSG. Alves would only add to that in the French capital.

The news will be a blow to Premier League clubs however, with comments from the full-back as recently as October seemingly opening the door to a move to England. Alves had claimed he wanted to play 'in the birthplace of football', according to the Daily Mail.

Arsenal interest

Whilst no clubs were specifically mentioned, Arsenal were one of the sides immediately linked with the player. The Sunday Times reported that Arsene Wenger was eager to add some experience to his defensive line back in November.

Right back has been a problem position for the Gunners for some time, and Calum Chambers has filled in at the Emirates Stadium on a number of occasions this season. He is naturally a centre back.

Wasted pursuit

There is certainly space for a player of the ability and experience of Alves at Arsenal, but whilst he seems like an ideal candidate for a free transfer to north London, this report in Spain suggests they might be wasting their time with a pursuit.

PSG have a host of players who would be happy to make Alves feel at home in Paris, and Champions League football is always guaranteed at a club who are always in the mix for the Ligue 1 title.

What do you think - should Alves try and stay at Barcelona, move to France or take a gamble on the Premier League?

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