Dani Alves could be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain as part of Barcelona’s summer clear out.
The Daily Mail suggests that Alves has told Brazil team-mates Thaigo Silva and Alex that he will join them in Paris this summer.
Other reports suggest that the player and the club have already agreed terms, with L’Equipe’s Jerome Touboul stating that he is “99.9%” sure Alves will make the move.
Alves has won every major honour possible during his 12 years in Spain. And having cemented his reputation as one of the world’s top right-backs may be ready for a new challenge; and with Alves turning 31 this year, perhaps one final big-money contract.
PSG were linked with a move for the Brazilian last summer, although any efforts to sign Alves were blocked by Barcelona. But with the club planning a summer shake-up, everyone has a price tag.
Speculation regarding a possible exit from the Camp Nou started when he emerged on an 13-man list of players looking to be sold by the Barcelona board. Despite featuring in FIFPRO World XI, Alves has failed to reached the heights of a few season ago.
Alves himself has revealed that he has become somewhat disillusioned with life in Catalonia. The full-back is not in favour of changing the style of football that has won numerous trophies, and told radio station RAC 1 that he may welcome a move away:
"Would I like to leave? If this carries on, yes, sure. I thrive on energy and I feel left out. By the club? I don't know - in general. They're always talking about changing things here and what needs to be done is to strengthen, not to change.
"I am in love with the Barça philosophy, but don't think that every year a Xavi or an Iniesta is going to emerge.”
The Brazilian added: "Nobody has said anything, but to stay here this vibe has got to change. I would like it if I can be told directly to my face if they aren't happy with me. I don't like masks".
The banana incident at Villarreal has also caused his to re-evaluate his life in Spain, calling the country 'backward' in the wake of the racist incident. The paltry fine of 12,000 imposed on the club only serves to prove his point.
PSG would welcome the defender with open arms, considering their team considerably. Jallet is a solid full-back but lacks the attacking instincts Alves brings. It also provides the possibility for and all-Brazilian back four, with Alves joining Alex, Thiago Silva and Maxwell.
The move is one that could that benefits all three parties, and it would be unsurprising should it come to fruition.
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