It's already been the transfer saga of the summer - already.
Dani Alves' will-he-won't-he leave Barcelona has become something of a circus but finally everything seems to be coming to a head.
At a recent press conference, Alves was his usual forthright self and pulled no punches at how he felt disrespected by the club he had given so much.
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Per Sam Marsden of Sport, Alves noted: "The president [Josep Maria Bartomeu] knows what he has to do if he wants me to stay, but at the moment I have more than half my body out of the club.
"I still have two feet inside the team, but one foot, a body and a head outside of the club."
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"I won't compare Barça's offer with offers from other clubs, because the club I have given so much for would lose by quite a distance."
With that in mind, it would seem fairly obvious his future is away from the Catalans but here are three reasons why he will stay...
Lack of suitors
There was a time when a whole host of would-be purchasers were jostling for position to secure Alves' services.
Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Liverpool were three that were touted as a new destination for the Brazilian.
Both English clubs have gone quiet and Laurent Blanc has come out to flatly deny that PSG will be signing Alves. The player himself has also confirmed that he isn't going to France.
Playing the field has evidently backfired.
Wants to stay at Barca
It's blindingly obvious that for all of his and his agent's posturing, Alves desperately wants to stay with Barcelona. And why wouldn't he.
Another two trophies already this season with the possibility of a third...t's hardly likely that the Brazilian will better his silverware count elsewhere even if the money would be an upgrade from the offer from his current employers.
Playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi et al is a little different to lining up with Chris Smalling or Dejan Lovren with the greatest of respect.
Catalans will honour contract demands
Make no mistake, Barcelona cannot afford to lose Dani Alves.
They know it, Alves knows it and the clubs' members know it too. None can possibly countenance the thought of Martin Montoya or Douglas being the clubs' first choice right-back next season.
We only need review the last few months of the season to understand exactly how important Alves has been to the team.
Assists in both the Copa Del Rey final and the Champions League semi finals are just the tip of the iceberg.
Once the match against Juventus is put to bed, expect Alves to follow Jordi Alba in agreeing a new contract.
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