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He’s Still Got The Lot, But Will Barca Part With Him?

Dani Alves is once again the subject on interest from the Premier League as Manchester City are linked with a big money move for the Barcelona full back.

Brazilian  international Alves, 29, was a target for Chelsea when he was with Sevilla, before Barcelona made their move and snapped up the flying full back for £23m in 2009. Now the links to England have resurfaced as the new champions look to strengthen their squad to retain the Premier League crown.

The deal that has been suggested is £12m plus Aleksander Kolarov to swoop for Alves. Whilst I think Alves would be great in the Premier League and it would offer a huge amount of money, would Barcelona deal him away?

Eric Abidal could be about to retire, Carles Puyol is having similar issues and can’t be depended upon like he used to and Gerard Pique really struggled at times in the 2011 season. Alves was one of the few consistent performers and in a defence that was shaky in periods of the season, why would Barcelona sell the one player who impressed?

Whilst left back could well be a huge need for the Catalan giants over the summer, it seems that former Barcelona youth player and current Valencia defender Jordi Alba is the number one target and they are trying to reach a deal before the start of Euro 2012. I’m also not sure how much Barcelona would value someone like Kolarov, who hasn’t been able to nail down a consistent spot in the Manchester City first team.

Martin Montoya is a promising prospect for Barcelona and could be the heir apparent to Alves at right back, but it would be too soon to throw him in as their first choice in the position. Much has been made of Barcelona’s financial issues which gives people the impression that they would sell players like Alves, Pique, Busquets and Thiago, but they aren’t totally crippled. A summer of austerity could be on the horizon to quell fears of their financial future, but I doubt players like Alves will be sold to appease the fans.

Alves would be a great signing for City but I can’t see Barcelona selling him and certainly not for the fee that the English press are suggesting. City will no doubt make big moves this summer with all that money available, but can anyone really see Alves being in a City shirt on the opening day of the Premier League season?

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