La Liga champions Barcelona are set to bid farewell to one of their longest serving players in Dani Alves, who has spent eight years at the Nou Camp, after he arrived from league rivals Sevilla in 2008.
The Brazilian full-back guided the club to several title-winning campaigns, but is now seeking new challenges elsewhere.
Alves has been quoted by ESPN as saying that he wants to leave Barca in order to face a new challenge because playing for the La Liga giants was becoming too easy for his liking.
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Barcelona are desperately searching for an ideal replacement for the club veteran, scouting talents from across the continent.
We look at the possible replacements the Spanish heavyweights can consider going into the next season.
Stephan Lichtsteiner - Juventus
It is increasingly likely that Dani Alves will move to the Turin-based club, hence, Swiss ace Stephan Lichtsteiner will likely be heading for the exit doors at Juventus.
Although 32, Lichtsteiner is still one of the best full-backs in world football, and could easily fill in the void left by Alves.
According to Goal.com, the Switzerland international remains open to leaving Italy, and is aware of Alves joining from Barcelona.
However, they have to compete with French giants Paris Saint-Germain, who are monitoring the situation closely.
Pablo Zabaleta - Manchester City
The Argentinian right-back is on the threshold of calling time on his career at Manchester City after losing his first-team spot to former Arsenal star Bacary Sagna.
Entering his ninth year with the Citizens, Zabaleta confirmed earlier this season that he will consider his options in the summer, but has no animosity towards teammate Sagna, and is happy for his success, as per Sky Sports.
Having already played in the premier tournaments, Zabaleta will be a quality acquisition for the Spanish giants, as well as proficiently linking up with his international colleague Lionel Messi.
Juanfran - Atletico Madrid
Transfers from one club to the other in the same league is nothing new to the football fraternity, and Barcelona have already lured Arda Turan last summer from Atletico Madrid.
The Catalans can once again raid the Madrid-based outfit for the services of Juanfran, who has been astute in his defensive duties in prior seasons for the Rojiblancos.
The Spanish international, despite being on the other side of his thirties, is still a potent entity, both defensively and in a more advanced wing-back role.
Juanfran can provide the exact qualities like Dani Alves if he decides to move to Barcelona in the coming months.
Serge Aurier - Paris Saint-Germain
The 23-year-old Ivorian is deemed as one of the brightest prospects in France, and was once courted by every big club across Europe before sealing a move to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Though a talented youngster, conduct off the field has been a problem for Serge Aurier in recent seasons.
From making derogatory remarks about manager Laurent Blanc and a number of teammates, to getting into altercations with the police during a night out in the French capital, as claimed by The Guardian, Aurier has to mend his ways if he wants to be counted among the best in the years to come.
If he can do so, Barcelona would be the ideal destination for the Ivory Coast international where he can thrive to be among the ranks of the premier footballers in the world.
Hector Bellerin - Arsenal
A former youth product of La Masia at Barcelona, Hector Bellerin has successfully established himself since moving to the Premier League to join Arsenal three years ago.
The Spaniard came into the limelight in 2014-15, playing regularly for the north Londoners, which eventually lead him to being called up by Spain and earning a place in Vincente del Bosque's Euro squad, albeit due to Dani Carvajal's injury.
After Barca club president Roberto Fernandez declared that Alves would be leaving the club, Bellerin emerged as a potential successor having already performed admirably against Barcelona in the Champions League last term.
However, as reported by Daily Mail, the 21-year-old is currently not on the wishlist, but there is still plenty of time to consider him as a feasible option for the long term.
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