Talking to Marca, Alves said:
“My priority is Barcelona, but I can not close doors. I feel happy but the two parties must agree. “
The Brazilian star has been closely linked with Man City and Chelsea, now both will be on red alert come January for the unsettled star.
Alves’ contract expires in 2012 and the current window represents Barcelona’s last chance of securing a big money move for the 27-year-old.
The Barca defender is reported to have been dismayed at the outrageous pay rises of his fellow teammates and has demanded a similar pay rise. However, Barca are seemingly not prepared to meet his wage demands as the star continues to stall on contract negotiations.
Fellow Barca star Lionel Messi is currently taking home £180k p/w and summer signing David Villa earns a reported £110k p/w. Alves currently earns around £55k p/w and is looking to double his salary.
Alves’ agent Joaquin Macanas begun speculation over the Brazilian’s future in October when he said:
Barcelona fans have reacted angrily to Alves’ refusal to commit his future to the club and many have labelled the defender a “mercenary”. The Catalan club are said to have given a December 31st deadline for the completion of any contract negotiations which would leave the door open for Alves in the new year.
Man City and Chelsea will both have their chequebooks at the ready if no agreement is made and a fee of around £30million would be enough to secure the pacey defender’s signature. Though, neither club will want to be seen as an easy touch and lengthy negotiations may be necessary.
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