The 31-year-old defender is set to be a free agent next year when his contract with Barcelona expires, and it looks likely that he will be leaving the Catalans in search of a new challenge.
Chelsea and Liverpool have been linked with moves for Alves, but now it’s understood that United are leading the chase.
Old Trafford chiefs are talking to the South American’s representatives, with a one-year deal on the cards.
There may be clauses to extend the veteran star’s stay at Old Trafford go well.
Louis van Gaal is thought to see the former Sevilla man as an upgrade on the erratic Rafael, but much hinges on United’s quest to return to the Champions League.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is keen, yet he cannot guarantee the player first-team action, while Liverpool may wait until Glen Johnson’s future is resolved.