Juventus are considering a move for Manchester United and Arsenal target Dani Alves as he continues to stall on a new Barcelona contract, reports The Express.
The Brazilian full-back's contract at the Nou Camp is set to expire in the summer of 2015 and he has yet to agree an extension despite drawn out talks with the La Liga outfit. If he fails to agree a new contract before the new year he will be free to negotiate a pre-contract with other clubs and Juventus could be in the running.
Their interest is borne out of a similar situation regarding their current right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner. Massimiliano Allegri has been unable to convince the Swiss international to sign a new deal and is tempted to go for an upgrade in the form of Alves.
While Alves will have a plethora of offers should he decide to quit Barcelona, the chance to join a dominant Juventus side complete with midfield superstars Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba will be hard to resist.
Interest from Turin will come as a considerable blow to Louis van Gaal, who seems desperate to add to his defensive line in the near future. As an attacking wing-back, Alves would also help Van Gaal to finally implement his desired 3-5-2 formation.
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However, it remains a fact that Alves could want as much as £250,000-a-week from interested clubs as he takes advantage of his potential free agent status. Such a demand would be well out of reach for Arsene Wenger and would put him alongside Angel di Maria at Old Trafford.
Arsenal had wanted Alves as a potential rotation option with Mathieu Debuchy, but it is quickly becoming apparent that the Brazilian is out of their price range. It is also worth noting that a new contract with Barcelona is the most likely scenario.
"We're talking about the contract with him,' Zubizarreta told AS last month. 'We'll see what the road is we'll take. It's also influenced by the decision of FIFA [the transfer ban].
"The best thing is that we come to see an incisive Dani, that's important."