Barcelona star could turn down Manchester United move for MLS switch

FC Barcelona right-back and Manchester United transfer target Dani Alves could turn down a move to the Premier League in favour of making the switch to MLS, according to The Guardian.

The Brazilian defender has made a staggering 393 La Liga appearances during his time with Sevilla and Barcelona but has yet to agree a new deal with the Spanish giants which has left the Red Devils keeping a close eye on developments.

However, because Dani Alves is now 32 years of age, The Guardian’s Tor-Kristian Karlsen believes that the attacking full-back may be “somewhat past his prime” and is a “possible recruitment for an MLS side”.

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During his time in Spain, Alves has won five La Liga titles, two Champions League’s and three Copa Del Rey’s among other honours and would therefore demand a high weekly wage if he were to make the move to MLS.

Because of that factor, he would certainly have to join on a Designated Player contract. There are currently eight teams in Major League Soccer with Designated Player slots available, including expansion franchise New York City FC, where Alves’ former teammate David Villa is plying his trade.

The other expansion franchise, Orlando City, are owned by Brazilian man, Flávio Augusto da Silva. Ex-international compatriot Kaka and midfielder Pedro Ribeiro are also both at Orlando, so Alves could be persuaded by his fellow countrymen to join them in the USA.

Could Dani Alves make the switch to MLS?

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Manchester United now favourites for Barca star with three-year deal on the table

Manchester United are now the favourites in the race to sign Barcelona right-back Dani Alves this summer, according to Fichajes.net, and the Red Devils are looking to offer the Brazilian a three-year deal if he agrees to move to the Premier League.

Alves is looking increasingly likely to leave Barcelona when his contract expires at the end of the season after refusing the negotiate a new deal with the Spanish giants in the last week.

Paris Saint-Germain have been heavily linked with a move for Alves, with some reports even suggesting that the player had already agreed to a move to Ligue 1, but the 31-year-old defender has confirmed that no deal has been reached with any other club yet.

“I am happy at Barça and I have not signed for another club,” Alves told beIN Sport.

“If clubs offer me an alternative or I am not at the level Barça want me to be at then I will contemplate other options. I will decide at the end of the season.”

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The Fichajes report suggests United are now favourites to land the two-time Champions League winner and will offer him a three-year contract at Old Trafford on similar wages to what he is currently on with Barcelona.

The report finishes by suggesting that the player could even sign a pre-contract agreement with United before the end of the season as a move for the Brazilian star looks to be just around the corner.

Would Dani Alves be a good signing for Manchester United?

 

Manchester United favourites to sign Barcelona star

FC Barcelona wing-back, Dani Alves, is set to depart the Catalan club this summer when his contract expires and Manchester United are now the frontrunners to secure his services after Paris Saint-Germain have dropped out of the running according to the Daily Express.

Paris Saint-Germain’s interest in signing the Brazil star has been brought to an end, according to club chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

“PSG were interested in Alves for a long time, but we aren’t anymore,” he told L’Equipe.

Manchester United are on the hunt for another full-back and are also interested in signing Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne.

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Dani Alves, 31, would be a costly addition to the side, with United apparently willing to offer him in excess of £150,000-a-week.

Alves, who has been at Barcelona for seven years, has a wealth of experience. He has won some of football’s most prestigious accolades, including two Champions League and four La Liga titles.

Louis Van Gaal is keen to bring in another right-back as Rafael has just over a year remaining on his current deal and has not featured enough for the Red Devils this season, after struggling with injuries.

Would Dani Alves be a good signing for Manchester United this summer?