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Barcelona offer Dani Alves new contract amidst Manchester United interest

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Barcelona have offered Dani Alves a new contract to keep him at the Nou Camp according to his agent, amidst reported interest from Manchester United and Arsenal.

The Brazilian international is out of contract in the summer and looked set to leave with a host of suitors in the Premier League.

Offer

Dinorah Santana, Alves' agent and former wife, confirmed that she'd spoked to Barcelona, although refused to comment whether the full-back would accept or not.

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"On Monday, I had a meeting with [director] Javier Bordad,' she told Sport. 'On Wednesday I have had the second meeting. I have already received an offer [for a new contract], although I can't say if I am happy or not [with it]. There will be more meetings. They told me they will call me to arrange the next one."

Alves has previously spoken about his desire to stay with Barcelona for the foreseeable future despite the interest from Manchester United and Arsenal.

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He said last month: "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. 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."

Signings

Manchester United are in the market for a new full-back and have previously been linked with a swoop for Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne in recent weeks, and may now focus their attention on him.

Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has ben deploying Antonio Valencia as a wing-back for the majority of this season, with Rafael relegated to the bench. The young Brazilian's future at Old Trafford appears to be hanging in the balance, even more so if a new face arrives in his position. 

Although Arsenal have been linked with Alves, they may well be glad if he stays put - that's because talented youngster Hector Bellerin has been linked with Barcelona as a potential replacement. The young Spaniard has impressed when given the chance this term, and was on the scoresheet in the Gunners' 4-1 win over Liverpool over the weekend.

Opinion

Dani Alves is a fine full-back but not quite the player he was a few years ago. He'd command a pretty hefty wage as well, so it is hard to escape the feeling that both Manchester United and Arsenal shouldn't be too disappointed if he stays in Spain.

Clyne is more athletic, younger and cheaper, and would suit what Van Gaal is trying to do at Manchester United more. That seems like a much more sensible deal.

Would Manchester United be better off with either Clyne or Alves?

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