The summer transfer window may have slammed shut but that hasn’t stopped the rumour mill from spinning round and the latest story to get thrown into our transfer bin suggests Dani Alves could be on his way to Manchester United.
United are one of the sides linked with the Brazilian defender after reports have suggested that Barcelona manager Luis Enrique doesn’t see him in his long term plans at the club.
However, there are several reasons why this move is unlikely to happen.
Firstly, United already have two players who are capable of playing on the right hand side in Louis van Gaal’s wing-back based system.
Antonio Valencia and Rafael both have the characteristics to play in that position as United continue to get used to the new system under the Dutchman.
Valencia is a winger who has experience of playing at right-back and Rafael has good attacking characteristics but has been hampered from featuring so far this season because of injury.
Throw into the mix Phil Jones’ ability to play out on the right hand side of the defensive line and the angles have already been covered.
Alves is 31-years-old and signing him would contradict van Gaal’s method of using younger players as he looks to develop his philosophy at the club.
Van Gaal has always liked including younger players in his team, stretching back to his days with Ajax, where he won the Champions League with teenagers starting in the final.
That’s further back up by van Gaal’s decision to use 16 Eredivisie based players in his Netherlands World Cup squad, which narrowly missed out on a place in the final.
There is also the financial angle to consider and while United pay both Wayne Rooney and Falcao around the £300,000 per week mark, whether van Gaal would be happy for the club to pay £100,000 per week for a defender arguably past his best is debatable.
Rubbish Rating: United don’t have a direct need for Alves in their first team, which would make a move for the Barcelona star both costly and bizarre. He’s more likely to end up elsewhere.