Speculation is rife that Barcelona attacking full-back, Dani Alves, is on the verge of a big money move to the Premiership, with Chelsea and Manchester City both sniffing around the Brazilian. Barca manager Pep Guardiola, is remaining curiously ambiguous, one minute saying he doesn’t want ‘Contract Rebel’ Alves around and the next trotting out the classic managerial line ‘This is the club’s business, I take care of the team on the field.’ Football legend Johann Cruyff has already gone on record to say that he thinks Alves should move, claiming ‘Barcelona are a sensational team with or without Alves.’ Needless to say, the news that a deal could be reached soon has fans from both clubs drooling with anticipation.
Alves has been in contract talks with Barcelona for some time now, but having already won 2 Spanish league titles and a Champions league with the Catalan giants he may find himself itching to move. At 27, he’s at the peak of his career and could have his pick of any of the top clubs in Europe. Here’s my top-3 possible choices for Dani;
Manchester City – The obvious choice. Man City have previous form in snapping up disenchanted defenders from Barca, signing Yaya Toure from them last June. Alves might relish the opportunity to play in a side that contains a World Cup winning striker in David Silva and under a successful manager like Roberto Mancini. They’ve certainly got the money to satisfy both his wages, and his transfer fee, with Mancini reportedly being given a hefty £50 million to spend earlier in the window. Hopefully, he wasn’t watching today, as Man City were humbled on what some would describe as a ‘traditional’ looking English league pitch, by Notts County.
Chelsea – Again, the money is there, and Chelsea are usually the first team to stake their claim on any big name transfers. The deal for Torres could still go ahead, with a £45 million price tag plus Nicolas Anelka being used as bait. Carlo Ancelloti knows he needs to reinforce, and Alves would be the ideal choice. Imagine a Chelsea back line with Alves and Cole on the wings! The Chelsea side isn’t getting any younger, and Alves would certainly be top of Roman Abramovich’s shopping list. Alves does have a little bit of history with Chelsea’s Didier Drogba however, with a good deal of finger pointing going on between the two when Chelsea met Barca in the first-leg of the Champions League semi-final way back in 2009. Hopefully, both have grown up a little since then!
Barcelona – Finally, as is so often the case, all this speculation could be for nothing and Alves could decide to stay with Barcelona after all! Earlier today, his agent was saying that there had been no formal approach from any English club. If Alves stays at Barcelona, it could be a sign that English (and by English, I mean Arab or Russian!) money isn’t as appealing as some in this country might think. However, were Alves to stay at Barcelona his wages would undoubtedly have to rise. Whether Barca would be willing to do that, is another matter.
One things for sure, this is one of the biggest stories of this year’s Winter transfer window. It could also be the biggest fuss over nothing! We’ll all find out by 11:00 pm tomorrow evening I suppose! It’s a riddle as timeless as, ‘Why is a raven, like a writing desk?’
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