Following a series of recent high-profile acquisitions - including Ramires, Alex Teixeira and Jackson Martinez - the Chinese Super League are now attempting to lure Barcelona star Dani Alves away from Europe.
According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, the Brazilian has been offered a three-year deal worth a massive €12 million-a-season to leave the Camp Nou for China.
However, Barcelona are yet to receive an offer from any Chinese club and are unlikely to allow the right-back to leave unless the bid is too big to turn down. Alves would also need to accept a move away in order for the transfer to happen.
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The Catalan giants will wait until a formal offer is made before deciding their stance. The transfer window in China doesn’t close until February 26 but Alves is unlikely to be tempted away from Barcelona midway through the season.
Luis Enrique’s side are currently favourites to win La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League. Alves will not want to miss out on the chance to add a few more winners’ medals to his extensive collection, regardless of how much cash he’s being offered from China.
Barcelona will want Alves to stay
Furthermore, Barcelona would certainly prefer to keep Alves, who remains an integral part of the first team.
The 32-year-old is still the best right-sided full-back at the Camp Nou, although Enrique has options with Sergi Roberto and Aleix Vidal both capable of filling in for the Brazilian when required.
But huge offer could be coming their way
Considering Guangzhou Evergrande recently spent £32 million for Atletico Madrid’s misfiring striker Martinez and Jiangsu Suning forked out a combined £65 million for Teixeira and Ramires, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that the imminent offer for Alves will also be astronomical.
But it’s hard to imagine a deal being concluded before the end of the season.
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