Alves’s contract expires in the summer, and he is expected to leave Barcelona.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for the Brazilian full-back, who will be 32-years-old at the end of the season, and the Manchester Evening News has claimed that his agent has opened talks with the Red Devils concerning a possible switch to Old Trafford.
Although his agent is working towards a departure from Camp Nou, Barcelona have yet to resign themselves to losing their veteran defender. With a transfer embargo currently upon them, they would have no way to sign a replacement full-back if Alves leaves in the summer, and fellow Brazilian Douglas - who arrived at Barcelona last summer - has yet to impress. Martin Montoya has shown his talents, but the La Liga club would be unwise to trust their faith in just one proven defender, and there is a report in Marca claiming that Barca are preparing to offer Alves a new contract.
Alves holds all the power in the negotiation, with the Catalan giants arguably needing him to sign an extension to prevent Montoya or Douglas being thrown into the starting XI, but the report claims that Barca are refusing to bow down to his demands of a high-income, three-year contract. At his increasing age, the club only want to offer him a one-year deal, and they want to decrease his current wage of €12 million per year.
This could allow Manchester United, and the Premier League’s increased financial strength, to take advantage, and sign Alves. They would have no trouble in matching his wage demands, and, if they offer a three-year deal, it is almost inevitable that Alves would agree to a move to Old Trafford.