Dani Alves comments on future, why aren't Arsenal bidding?

Barcelona and Brazil mainstay Dani Alves comments on Paris Saint-Germain speculation. Arsene Wenger must throw Arsenal's name into the mix…

For Barcelona superstar defender Dani Alves, currently on international duty with Brazil as the Samba Stars ready themselves for a prospective World Cup triumph on home turf, a move to Paris Saint-German represents a "realistic alternative". 

The potential availability of 31-year-old Alves, one of the most experienced and accomplished right backs in the modern era, has to be alerting Arsene Wenger, who is seeking a competent replacement for outbound Bacary Sagna, who is leaving Arsenal on a Bosman basis at the end of the month.

As HITC: Sport argued here, Alves would not only act as a replacement, but an actual improvement on Sagna, who has long been regarded to be a reliable 7/10 performer for the Gunners, akin to how consistent Javier Zanetti was at Internazionale.

Alves is not only a prolific and effective tackler (attempting 82 challenges, or three per game on average, in La Liga alone last season), he also provides a distinct attacking threat, as demonstrated by his 87% passing accuracy, his 20% crossing accuracy and his creation of 38 goal-scoring opportunities from 27 appearances.

As reported by MARCA, Alves may well be pondering his future: "PSG are a great team. I love defending great clubs. It has always been my dream. I want to play for clubs who can challenge me. I heard something about this possibility. If I don't stay at Barcelona, it's a realistic alternative for me."

Alves is only contractually-bound to the Camp Nou side for another 12 months. He has a transfermarkt.co.uk valuation of £15.84 million and Arsenal could exercise their working relationship with Barcelona (sale of Cesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry, amongst others), to bring the Brazillian to the Emirates Stadium.

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