World Cup star told he has no future at Barcelona - should Manchester United sign him?

Dani Alves

Barcelona defender Dani Alves has been a mainstay of their success in recent years, but has been told he has no future at the Camp Nou.

The Catalan giants are currently undergoing something of a rebuilding phase after struggling under previous manager Gerardo Martino, and new boss Luis Enrique - a former Barcelona player - is now charged with the task of rejuvenating a side that has already seen some big name players leave the club.

Victor Valdes, Carles Puyol and Cesc Fabregas have all made their exits, whilst Xavi is also poised for a move to Qatar this summer - and the exodus won't stop there. According to Marca, the likes of Jonathan dos Santos, Isaac Cuenca, Cristian Tello and Ibrahim Afellay will all be told that they can leave the club this summer - with one surprise name also added to the list.

Right back Dani Alves, 31, has been starring for Barcelona ever since his 2008 switch from Sevilla, making almost 300 appearances for the club on his way to establishing himself as one of the top right backs in world football. Alves is currently with Brazil at the World Cup, but could be on the move as well, according to Marca.

The news of Alves' availability will no doubt be of interest to a number of clubs around Europe, and one of those could be - or should be - Manchester United.

The Red Devils have struggled to find a real replacement for Gary Neville since his retirement, with Rafael inconsistent and Chris Smalling and Phil Jones both better suited to playing in the centre. There are few truly world class right backs available on the market, and with the huge transfer budget at Louis van Gaal's disposal, they could certainly land Alves.

He may be the wrong side of 30, but United need injections of quality all over the pitch - and whilst his impact may not be felt in the long term, the Brazilian will have a point to prove as Barcelona look to move on from him.

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