Manchester United may have to see off interest from bitter rivals Manchester City for the signature of Barcelona’s Daniel Alves, who is set to leave the club for free this summer, according to reports from talkSPORT.
The 31-year-old Brazilian star’s current contract is up in under six months’ time, which will allow him to sign for another side without a transfer fee involved.
Alves has long been considered to be one of the planet’s best attack-minded right-backs, and was a key member of Barca’s XI through their domination of European football.
Although past his peak, the South American is still a capable performer, and United themselves have been linked with a raid to bring him in at the end of the season.
However, reports now suggest that City are also in the running, with Alves’ agent, Dinorah Santana, having opened the door for a Bosman move:
“They haven’t contacted us,” he said.
“I interpret that silence to mean they don’t want Dani Alves, so we will begin searching for a new club.
“We won’t wait for Barcelona, they have to take the plunge. Alves has spent seven years here and he has behaved like a professional at all times.
“Barcelona have not had a sporting director for a month and Alves is free to negotiate with any club.”