Barcelona full-back Dani Alves has been told he can leave the club after failing to agree terms on a new contract, reports from Spain suggest.
AS comments that the Blaugrana will hope to cash in on the Brazilian in January after his wage demands were deemed to be too exorbitant, with Sandro Rosell refusing to budge on the terms already offered to the former Sevilla defender.
Alves feels he is worth more than is currently on the table, and his agent will put Manchester City on high alert to his availability in the winter market by claiming that his client is ready for a new challenge.
The 27-year-old is tied to the Camp Nou until the summer of 2012, and given the fact that coach Pep Guardiola spent €32 million to take him to Catalunya in 2008, the club will look to recoup some of that expenditure before he can negotiate with other sides under the Bosman ruling.
Guardiola is thought to be pleased with Alves' current form, but with the Spanish champions undertaking an age of austerity under the new board, it is unlikely that they will be able to meet the wage demands offered by the likes of City, or even Chelsea, who are also monitoring the situation closely.