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Dani Alves calls Tuesday press conference to announce Barcelona exit

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Barcelona defender Dani Alves is set to depart Camp Nou on a free transfer this summer after failing to negotiate a new contract with the Catalan giants.

The Brazil international has called a press conference for next Tuesday to formally announce his decision to quit Barca, ending a seven-year association with the newly crowned La Liga champions.

Alves signed for Barcelona from Sevilla in 2008 for an eye-watering £30 million, and during his time there he's established himself as the best right-back in world football.

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Many had hoped the 32-year-old would pen an extension to stay in Spain, but it now looks as though he'll embark on a new challenge abroad after deciding the terms being offered were not reflective of his importance to Luis Enrique's side.

According to Spanish publication Sport, the South American is unlikely to be short of suitors with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain both credited with an interest in acquiring the marauding full-back's signature.

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However, it's Manchester United that have been most frequently linked with a Bosman free move for Alves as Louis van Gaal is on the lookout for a right-sided defender to challenge Antonio Valencia for his starting spot in the side.

A switch to Old Trafford remains a genuine possibility, particularly after the Red Devils secured qualification for the Champions League next season, so don't be surprised to see the veteran stopper run out at the Theatre of Dreams.

The presence of former Barcelona team-mate Victor Valdes might also prove decisive when Alves makes a decision about his next destination, as he'll be able to provide the player with a little bit of insight about what it's like in the Premier League.

For now at least Alves' main focus will be on helping Barcelona try to secure another memorable domestic and European treble, with a Champions League final against Juventus to look forward to and a Copa del Rey clash against Athletic Bilbao.

Only then will his attention start turning to the summer transfer window, which is sure to be another exciting period in the football calendar for supporters all over Europe.

Manchester United fans: Do you think Dani Alves would be a good signing at Old Trafford this summer? How much will the Brazilian command in wages? Share your thoughts below...

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