The Brazil international is out of contract at the end of the season, and it appears new boss Luis Enrique does not plan on extending his stay with the Catalan giants.
The 31-year-old's future has been cast into doubt following the club's high-octane summer transfer window. Barca were reportedly keen sign Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado, but eventually settled with the £4.5 million addition of Sao Paulo's Douglas.
With the Brazilian and 23-year-old Martin Montoya contesting with Alves for his favoured right-back position, the veteran's place in Enrique's starting XI is under threat.
Unless Alves is offered a contract extension in the near future, his six-year stay at the Nou Camp could draw to a swift end. However, if this turns out to be the case, he could be an extremely useful addition to Louis Van Gaal's current Manchester United side.
A stats comparison between the Brazilian and the Dutchman's current right wing-back options draws the following conclusions, and based on the figures, it's clear to see his addition would represent a significant upgrade.
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Chance creation - Louis Van Gaal's 3-5-2 system requires an athletic player, capable of operating effectively in both halves of the bitch. Alves dominated the right flank single handedly at times for Barca last term, helping to bring the best out of Lionel Messi with his one-two passing and overlapping lay-offs. He created more chances than any (38) current United player, averaging 1.43 key passes per 90 minutes.
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Tackling prowess - Nonetheless, his ability to defend was also clear to see, and he offered tremendous support to the Catalan's back four, in spite of his exploits in the attacking third. He won more tackles than any Manchester United right-back per 90 minutes, challenging and successfully retrieving possession on 64 occasions throughout the season.
|Total Dribbles Won||Dribbles Won per 90||Fouls Suffered|
Dribbling ability - With his his bursting runs down the right flank, Alves has caused tremendous problems for even the most adapt sides during his career in La Liga. His positive attitude when it comes to taking the game to the opposition would certainly benefit the current Manchester United side. As the figures show, he completed more dribbles than Van Gaal's current crop of right-sided full-backs, whilst drawing considerably more fouls.
|Total Accurate Passes||Accurate Passes per 90||Pass Completion Rate (%)|
Passing accuracy - Playing in Barca's Tiki-Taka system, Alves recorded a higher pass completion rate than everyone, but Antonio Valencia. Having said this, he attempted a far greater number of passes than the Ecuador international. With Van Gaal's possession-based system stemming around the passing, movement, and perhaps most importantly, the intelligence of its operators, Alves certainly fits the bill.
|Shots per 90||Goals||Shot Accuracy (%)|
Eye for goal - The 31-year-old is by no means shy in front of goal. He registered 32 attempts in the league last season, 33% of which were accurate. The majority of these strikes came from outside the area, which suggests his willingness to impact the final result. However, it must be noted that the two goals he did manage to score came from inside the 18-yard-box.