The agent of Barcelona ace Dani Alves, who is wanted by both Manchester United and Liverpool, has confirmed that there is interest in his client.
As relayed by the Daily Express, Dinorah Santana has confirmed that despite the fact that Alves wants to remain at his current club, all good things must come to an end, prompting speculation that a transfer could be in the offing.
The Brazilian right-back has his suitors across Europe, and as his status at the Nou Camp has deteriorated, the rumours inferring that he could move to the Premier League have only increased in number.
Santana has today hinted that there may be substance behind the gossip.
“He will give his all while he is here, that’s all I can say,” Santana said.
“We’d like to stay but we’ll have to see. He may renew but if he needs to move on he will do.
“Sometimes things come to an end and there has been interest from other clubs.”
"Sometimes things come to an end and there has been interest from other clubs"
Since moving to Barca in 2008 Alves has garnered quite the reputation for being a solid full-back on the right-hand side. Not only was he the first-choice during the peak years of Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Catalan outfit but he’s also made it into the FIFPro World XI four times, proving that he’s one of the best around.
However under Luis Enrique he hasn’t been nearly as prominent, and with the likes of Marc Bartra and Douglas snapping at his heels his days as a senior squad member appear to be numbered. Cue heightened interest from the likes of United and Liverpool, both of whom could benefit from a defender with Alves’s years and pedigree.
At Old Trafford Louis van Gaal is said to have reservations over the capabilities of Rafael da Silva, and Antonio Valencia is hardly convincing. The former hasn’t been able to hold down a position so far this year thanks to injury, whilst the latter is susceptible when it comes to defensive mistakes.
Who needs him?
With Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans serving as a relatively green trio in the heart of the back-line Van Gaal is keen to add experience, and Alves has that in abundance.
Meanwhile Brendan Rodgers has a similar predicament, with his Reds having looked extremely weak at the back. Glen Johnson is increasingly tipped to leave the club in the future, whilst Javi Manquillo is only at the club on loan. That leaves just Jon Flanagan on the right-hand side of the defence.