Barcelona's Dani Alves seem almost certain to depart Camp Nou during the summer with a queue of suitors already waiting with cheque books out and ready to do business.
Given Barca's own issues in that area of their defence, it would appear to be a short-term decision on the face of it to allow Alves to leave in the first place.
Douglas is so far out of the first team picture at Barca that he may as well be playing for another team altogether, and Martin Montoya is clearly not trusted to play on a regular basis in the role.
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It begs the question why the Catalans would therefore even be contemplating a sale for Alves.
It's been alleged that Alves, via his agent and ex-wife Dinorah Santa Ana, is already discussing terms with other clubs, but in an interview with Globoesport (h/t ESPN), Alves has vehemently denied those claims.
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"My heart is happy where I am, with what I have and the colours I defend. It's not up to me how long I'll be here. I'll fulfil my part because I have the same desire I had when I came to Barcelona," the Brazilian commented.
"I have no pre-contract with anyone. I've decided to live in the moment and the moment is now.
"There are three competitions this season. I want to end my contract with titles, so I finish with a good taste in my mouth. Whatever comes next, I'll accept."
Despite this, a contract from Barca is still not on the table, so let's take a look at three clubs where he could be plying his trade, from the start of next season...
The most likely destination if Alves is to look for a new adventure.
Length of contract would potentially be the only issue that could scupper any deal, given that money is no object whatsoever for the French league leaders.
You would imagine that this would be a preferred choice of destination for Alves given that his Brazilian team mates David Luiz, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos all ply their trade at PSG.
It's not beyond the realms of possibility to have an all Brazilian back line in the French capital next season.
Louis Van Gaal will break the bank to sign Alves.
Whilst there is no signing on fee, Alves will command the heftiest of salaries despite his age. At a reported £150,000 per week, only a select few clubs can afford him.
Jamie Sanderson of Metro already notes that a deal for Alves to follow ex-team mate Victor Valdes to the red half of Manchester could be completed within the week.
The knowledgable Old Trafford crowd love to see a marauding full-back down the wings, and Alves is sure to quickly become a fan favourite if he pitches up here.
United's eternal rivals Liverpool will also want a say in Alves' final destination.
Brendan Rodgers is a confirmed admirer of both the player and Barca's style of play so there would be no settling in period at Anfield.
That could prove attractive for Alves, and the desire to bring the glory days back to Merseyside.
John Henry has also shown that he isn't frightened of splashing the cash if necessary and if Rodgers wants to build a squad with a genuine shot at the title next season, then Dani Alves is the type of player he needs to secure over the summer.
Where will Dani Alves be come the start of the 2015-16 campaign? Have your say in the comments below!
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