La Liga expert implies Dani Alves to Liverpool can weaken United

Graham Hunter gave talkSPORT his opinion on latest transfer news linking Dani Alves to Liverpool, which could see Barcelona buy Manchester United target.

If Liverpool were legitimately interested in purchasing Dani Alves from Barcelona, they could not only acquire the accomplished Brazil international on a cut-price deal but they would also inadvertently be denying Manchester United of one of their primary summer targets.

That is because, as Graham Hunter pointed out on talkSPORT this morning, La Liga heavyweights Barcelona are so desperate to get Alves off of their wage bill that they would be willing to accept offers as low as £10 million for the defender, despite market valuations implying he is worth more than £15 million.

Hunter - who authored Spain: The Inside Story of La Roja's Historic Treble - also implied that Barcelona want to sell Alves before they move for Juan Cuadrado, a player also coveted by United - yet the Fiorentina and Colombia is believed to prefer a move to Camp Nou.

"Alves is a player Barcelona want to cash in on… his salary his huge," said Hunter. "They want him off the wage bill so they can buy Cuadrado."

Hunter continued by stating that even with Alves's veteran status, the player is 31-years-old and has next to no resale value for a bidding club, he remains a "brilliant footballer".

He said: "Alves was dropped for the last couple games at the World Cup and that tells you… Dani Alves has often spoken that he wants to do everything his way. That's all very well. He's still a brilliant footballer and athlete.

"Is he finished as a full back at the top level? Absolutely not. But he needs a clearly defined role."

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