Manchester United are just one of several big clubs prepared to make attempts to land Barcelona right-back Dani Alves this summer, with the Brazilian’s future very much an uncertain prospect.
According to today’s edition of Spanish newspaper Sport, United are joined by Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Juventus in the hunt for Alves, who it seems will have plenty of options to choose from when the summer rolls around.
Barcelona exit for Alves
Despite being a household name at the Nou Camp it looks as though the 31-year-old’s time is up. He’s managed to reestablish himself in the first-team under Luis Enrique after a shaky start to this season, but even so it’s assumed the Spanish coach wants to find a successor sooner rather than later.
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That leaves Alves, whose contract is up at the end of the season, with some job hunting to do, though he won’t have to look very far at all. According to Sport the aforementioned clubs are all preparing offers for the diminutive defender, with United prepared to even hand him a bonus for signing on as a free agent.
At the moment Louis van Gaal has just Rafael da Silva and Antonio Valencia to pick from for the berth at the right-hand side of his defence, and neither appear to have overly convinced him. With his green back-line crying out for experience a player of Alves’ calibre and pedigree would be a very timely addition, though whether or not the Brazil international sees his future in England at all remains to be seen.
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If he does then Liverpool are another club who will pose United difficulties, with Brendan Rodgers seemingly lodged amongst the pack of managers vying for Alves’ favour. The Reds’ claim might well be decided by if they can secure Champions League football for a second successive season, and if they can’t then their transfer ambitions will take a huge dent.
There are others overseas, naturally, who would seek to offer Alves generous wages in return for the last few years of his career at the top. Paris Saint-Germain have been heavily credited with interest in the past and have the money to comfortably offer him very high wages, whilst the likes of Juventus and Inter would be suitable if it’s Italy he wants to crack next.
Alves’ decision will no doubt be a tough one given the quality of all the clubs lining up to sign him, but a move to the Premier League may well tickle his fancy most. He’d be an instant fan favourite at either Liverpool or United and be working under two extremely competent managers, plus the standard of England’s top flight is generally better than that of Italy, France or Germany.
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