Dani Alves is in advanced talks to leave Barcelona when his contract expires this summer, his agent has confirmed.
The Brazilian star has been allowed to enter the final six-months of his contract at the Nou Camp, allowing foreign clubs to negotiate a pre-contract deal with him. Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been linked with a move for Alves, but interest from Italy is also believed to be high.
Although the club remain unnamed, Alves' agent Dinorah Santana has admitted that talks have now reached an advanced stage and that he is likely to agree a deal in the near future.
"We are close to signing for another club. We are in advanced talks"
He is not waiting
"We are close to signing for another club. We are in advanced talks," his agent told Rac1.
"Dani is still available for Barcelona to keep hold of this summer, but he will not wait for them for much longer.
"People are trying to make Dani look like the bad guy in this situation and that's wrong. This situation is quite tiresome."
Old Trafford bound?
Manchester United were reportedly ready to hand him a three-year contract worth £5.2million-a-year and Old Trafford remains the most likely destination for the 31-year-old. Louis van Gaal not only has more to spend than his Premier League rivals and a greater need for an attacking full-back.
Van Gaal has struggled to find a player in the current squad capable of playing the role of wing-back in his 3-5-2 formation. Rafael has not convinced and will be sold this summer but Nathaniel Clyne is also high on Manchester United's list of targets.
Liverpool appear the only club capable of challenging Manchester United for Alves' signature with Glen Johnson likely to leave the club when his contract expires in the summer. Brendan Rodgers would struggle to match the wages on offer at Old Trafford, but could offer him a more prominent role in the team.
Southampton's Clyne could arrive at Manchester United regardless of Alves, meaning the international star would be competing for game time. It is likely to come down to where Alves thinks he has the best chance of playing Champions League football, or where he will be adequately compensated for not playing at the top level. All signs point towards Manchester United.
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