“This morning, a formal offer arrived by e-mail, but it stipulated that he has to play 60 per cent of the games for it to be renewed the following year.
“Dani is sad. The negotiations are finished now. He will finish his contract as best as he can.”
Poor old Dani Alves… these are the words of his representative, Dinorah Santa Ana, revealing that the Brazilian will be leaving the Nou Camp this summer when his contract expires. The Samba star has long been hailed as one of the best full-backs on the planet, and even at the age of 31, he’s far from short of admirers willing to give him the contract he craves.
Among the list are both Liverpool and Manchester United, who are in the market for right-sided defensive additions. The pair are great rival and considered to be two of the biggest sides in English football, so, should they both make serious offers, it’ll be a tricky decision for Alves, right?
Well, we at FFC Towers don’t think he’ll struggle too much, with Old Trafford far more appealing for these FIVE reasons.
While Liverpool are by no means paupers, United are a cut above in terms of finances. The Anfield side are reluctant to pay over £100,000-per-week to keep hold of Raheem Sterling, but over at Old Trafford the likes of Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie all pocket salaries of between £250,000 and £300,000-per-week. While it may leave a bitter taste in the mouth of fans, in any line of work getting more money is more attractive…
Brendan Rodgers is a good, progressive manager. His work at Liverpool has been excellent so far, but he’s not quite in the same realm as Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman has coached some of the best players around at teams such as Barcelona, Ajax and Bayern Munich, proving that he has what it takes to do it at the best level and help the finest talent around to succeed.
As it stands, Man United are far more likely to get into the Champions League than Liverpool for next season. A mega win at Anfield has helped the Red Devils to move eight points clear of their bitter rivals, and with just seven games each left to play, it’s hard to see this gap being bridged, even though LVG’s men are set to face Man City, Chelsea and Everton in the coming weeks.
Although history doesn’t dictate much going forwards, United have bossed Liverpool in the Premier League era. The Reds are yet to lift the trophy, while Old Trafford has played host to the celebrations on more occasions than we care to mention.
With a bigger budget, better players (arguably) and the fact that Liverpool are losing their top stars on almost yearly basis, United look the safer bet if Alves is looking to add another domestic medal to his collection.
Liverpool have been losing key players of late. Steven Gerrard will be going this summer, Luis Suarez went last year and in the windows prior to that Fernando Torres, Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso had all left.
Although United have stagnated, their top stars are still around and plans to pay big money for the likes of Mats Hummels, Kevin Strootman and Edinson Cavani suggest that the future is bright.