Manchester United have told Dani Alves that they may withdraw their contract offer if he does not agree to sign it soon, reports Sport.
The Red Devils seem to be at an advanced stage in negotiations with the Barcelona full-back. Alves is free to negotiate pre-contracts with foreign clubs ahead of his deal's expiration in the summer.
Louis van Gaal was hoping to convince Alves to move to Old Trafford and offered him a big three-year contract in an attempt to snare him from other interested parties. However, Alves is taking longer than expected to decide and Manchester United officials are getting concerned.
They want to deal done and dusted and have attempted to speed up the process by threatening to pull the offer altogether. It is a risky move from Van Gaal, who knows Alves is likely to have offers from several other big clubs.
Arsenal and Liverpool are named as the two other Premier League clubs to have shown an interest in Alves but neither can compete with Manchester United financially.
Barcelona have also not giving up hope of convincing him to stay at the Nou Camp while Paris Saint-Germain are expected to make him an offer.
Considering all options
Alves is keen to consider all of his options. The contract is likely to be the last big one of his career and he wants to make sure he makes the right decision.
The next two weeks will be crucial in deciding his future, but by that time Manchester United may well have turned to an alternative target.
They have been linked with Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne and the England international could be next if Van Gaal decides against signing Alves.
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