Premier League duo Manchester United and Manchester City could move in for Barcelona full-back Dani Alves after the Brazilian accused his current club of showing him a lack of respect.
As reported by the Mirror, Alves, who is set to run out of his current contract at the Nou Camp at the end of this season, has insisted that the club's board have been forcing him out, claiming that he has been devalued.
Alves, then, now looks set to depart the Spanish giants sooner rather than later, with a move to Manchester seemingly possible.
It's clear for all to see that United are in need of a new right-back, whilst City already have the duo of Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna competing for places at the Etihad, so it remains to be seen as to whether either side step up their interest in the Barcelona man.
One thing's for sure, the player's certainly not happy with life in Spain, as he told reporters: "I am with the team 200 per cent but with the board, about 10 per cent - as it is, I have one foot, half a body and almost my head out of the club.
"I don’t think about money, all I am asking for is respect for the job I do like any other professional.
"I’ve spent the whole season hearing that I was going to be offloaded. My contract expires on the 30th of next month (June).
"What I cannot abide is when everything I have done during all of my time at this club is devalued – more than what a few people inside the club might think about me."
Despite hitting out at the Barcelona board, it appears that Alves still hasn't made a decision on his long term future, with the Brazilian ace claiming that he will make an announcement after the Champions League final.
He continued by saying: “From 7 June, I’ll announce my future. My intention was not to speak but I haven’t been respected with a lot of silly things. It’s gone too far. I don’t want anybody to influence my decisions. My future only depends on me.
“I have been quiet for too long but they have not shown me any respect. I have a limit and I have reached it.”
United in need
It's simple: Manchester United need a new right-back, so they would be mad not to target Alves on a free this summer.
At the end of the day, he may well be approaching the latter stages of his fine career, but he'd still make a great coup for Louis van Gaal and Co. at the Theatre of Dreams.
Having played winger Antonio Valencia in the role all season long, it's clear United need an upgrade if they're going to win the Premier League title next term. One thing's for sure, they certainly can't rely on Rafael da Silva, who can't seem to maintain his fitness.
Alves would be great for United: he's defensively sound, experienced, full of pace and strong going forward. He's exactly what United are in need of right now.
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