Dani Alves to snub Manchester United & Liverpool and stay at Barcelona

The Brazil international full-back has decided that he would prefer to stay at Camp Nou than move to the Premier League, despite interest from several elite clubs
SPECIAL REPORT
By Pilar Suarez

Dani Alves hopes to sign a new contract with Barcelona this summer despite interest from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool, Goal understands.

Alves claimed in October that he expected to join a Premier League club this summer, while his representative, Dinorah Santana, said earlier this month that the right-back was in advanced talks with another club over a potential transfer.

However, the Brazil full-back - whose contract expires at the end of June - hopes to pen an extension at Camp Nou and snub concrete interest from several elite English clubs, having settled with his children in the city, where he is also close to his ex-wife, who remains his agent.

Alves is therefore prepared to give Barcelona priority in contract talks and Luis Enrique is wary of allowing players to leave the club given their current transfer ban.

There is also a lack of clear replacements at right-back in Enrique's current squad, with Douglas and Martin Montoya both failing to hold down a place in the first team.

One potential source of disagreement, however, could come in the length of a new deal. Alves hopes to sign for three more years, or at least two with an additional one-year option, but Barcelona would prefer a 12-month deal with an extra one-year option.

The 32-year-old does not want to find himself out of contract next summer with a pay cut likely due to his advancing years.

Despite those issues, Alves is understood to be comfortable with his situation, given the strength of his relationship with the club he has served for nearly seven years.

He is also aware of interest from other prospective suitors should a new contract in Spain fail to materialise.