Chelsea are winning the battle for Barcelona star Dani Alves, with reports from The Express suggesting that the presence of his international team-mates Willian, Oscar and Ramires is a major factor in the saga.
The Brazilian right-back looks set to leave the Camp Nou during the next transfer window, with his contract due to end at the end of the season.
The Blues, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been linked with cut-price raids, but now it appears that west London is the most likely destination for the 31-year-old.
Barca are ready to cash in, which has alerted Jose Mourinho as he plots to add yet more class and experience to his league-leading side.
And it’s expected that the likes of Oscar, Willian and Ramires will all have big parts to play in a potential move.
The trio, plus Filipe Luis, all play alongside Alves in the Selecao, and are set to be used to influence the La Liga star to pick Chelsea.
The experienced defender is close friends with the players, which could see him plump for Stamford Bridge.
PSG and Bayern Munich are also interested.
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