This is according to the Express, who cite reports in Spain as claiming that Alves wants to join the Red Devils after Luis Enrique decided not to renew the defender’s contract, which expires next summer.
Van Gaal wants Dani Alves
It was recently claimed by notorious FIFA agent Francois Gallardo that Alves, 31, had already reached an agreement to join Manchester United at the end of the season. But it seems Gallardo may have been a little premature with his version of events.
Louis van Gaal, though, is keen to bring Alves to Old Trafford as a short-term option. The Dutchman currently has doubts over several of his defenders, including right-back Rafael, and has identified the Barcelona star as a useful signing for the next two seasons.
Barcelona not prepared to sell in January
Van Gaal was keen to sign Alves in January, but Barcelona have made it clear they are not prepared to sell the South American half-way through the season because of their transfer ban. The Catalan giants are forbidden from making any new signings until January 2016, and have little confidence in their other right-backs, Douglas and Adriano.
But there is hope at the Camp Nou that FIFA will overturn their transfer ban next summer, which may allow them to secure the services of another Manchester United target, Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado, in time for the start of the 2015-16 campaign.
News that the Red Devils have opened talks with Alves will have alerted Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who is also keen on the experienced full-back. However, unlike Van Gaal, Mourinho is unable to guarantee the player a first-team role at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea, who have enjoyed a flying start to the season, are well-stocked in the right-back position, with Branislav Ivanovic showing no signs of slowing down despite his advancing years. Cesar Azpilicueta is also a right-back by trade, although he has spent most of his time at Chelsea playing from left-back.
Either Chelsea or Manchester United will need to pay Alves a contract worth around €5 million-a-year (£96,000-a-week) in order to bring him to the Premier League.