Paris Saint-Germain deny interest in signing Dani Alves

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has denied he is interested in signing Barcelona full-back Dani Alves.

The Brazilian international is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with a host of top clubs. Alves has previously insisted that he wants to remain at the Nou Camp but hinted at a falling out with the club's board which could nudge him towards the exit.

"I have come out to talk today about a lack of respect towards me and like anyone else, I have my limits," he told reporters last month. "I don't want to have to talk about these things because I prefer to do my talking out on the pitch.

"But there has been a lot of rubbish written which I have been forced to put up with and when push comes to shove, I have to come out and defend myself, and say what I have to say. I am with the team 200 percent but with the board, about 10 percent -- as it is, I have one foot, half a body and almost my head out of the club."

Both Manchester United and PSG were believed to be at the front of the queue - but Blanc insists he has no interest in signing the 32-year-old on a free transfer when his contract expires.

He told BeIN Sports: 'I do not think so anyway. He is out of contract but his intention is to extend with Barca.

'It is a game he is playing with his club, he's awaiting their proposal. It's nice for the press to have something to talk about, but there has been no contact that I know of.'


Manchester United have a vacancy to fill at right-back this summer and with Nathaniel Clyne seemingly close to signing a new contract with Southampton, Alves could be at the top of their list.  Boss Louis van Gaal was forced to rely on winger Antonio Valencia as a make-shift wing-back throughout the season with specialist Rafael seemingly out of favour.

While PSG won't challenge Manchester United for the signing of Alves, Blanc did admit that he is interested in signing Paul Pogba, who has also been linked with a return to Old Trafford, from Juventus.

'I am among those who think that Pogba is the perfect recruit for PSG,' he added. 'He interests us but we are not the only ones interested and he will not be free.

'Many teams wants him, though maybe he will stay at Juventus. He has many options right now.
'It's good for him and his agent. And if Juve sell him it would also be good for them financially.'


Dani Alves remains a potent force in European football and will line up for Barcelona in the Champions League final aiming for one more winners medal to complete a historic treble. 

His signing would represent a shrewd move from Manchester United who could do with his experience as they gear up to return to the Champions League next season. Given he would be free and his wages would be manageable for a year, it is a gamble worth taking.

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