What Alves’ reported move may mean for Arsenal and Manchester United

Dani Alves

The Brazilian has reportedly signed a three-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain in a move that could free up two former Premier League targets.

A reported Premier League target for several  clubs, Barcelona defender Dani Alves may have put an end to the speculation surrounding his future if the rumours currently circulating on the continent are to be believed.

Out of contract at the Camp Nou this summer, speculation is mounting suggesting that the 31-year-old has signed for Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.

Marca have today reported that the Brazilian is set to move to the Parc des Princes in the summer on a free transfer.

With Alves reportedly signing a three-year deal at the club, major changes could yet be afoot for the Parisians with the arrival of the two-time Champions League winner likely to see movements made elsewhere in  Laurent Blanc's squad.

And with Arsenal and Manchester United among those who could potentially benefit from changes at PSG, we decided to look at what the rumoured deal for the Brazilian could mean for the Premier League pair.

What the Alves deal could mean for Arsenal

The arrival of the Barca star at the Ligue 1 side could spell bad news for Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier. Signed on a season-long loan at the back-end of last summer that contained an option to buy, the 22-year-old has largely impressed for PSG and has the potential to be a fine long-term acquisition for the club.

But with Aurier unlikely to be keen on the idea of playing second fiddle to Alves, a move away from Paris could well be on the cards, which may spell good news for Arsenal.

The Gunners were keen admirers of the Ivorian prior to his PSG move, according to The Mirror, while Foot Mercato previously reported that the full-back was a self-confessed fan of the north London club. If Alves has signed for the Parisians, Arsenal could capitalise.

What the Alves deal could mean for Manchester United

PSG’s supposed capture of the Brazilian could also prove problematic for Dutch full-back Gregory van der Wiel. The 27-year-old had looked to have turned a corner for the French club this season, but with Alves’ arrival likely to force him out of the first-team, a Paris exit looks a distinct possibility.

Van der Wiel is desperate to re-establish himself at international level and though only a move to a major club is likely to appeal, help could be at hand.

Rumours have circulated in recent weeks suggesting Louis van Gaal is keen to bring the ex-Ajax youth star to Old Trafford in the summer, with Fichajes.net reporting as much earlier this week.

With United lacking in numbers defensively and Rafael seemingly surplus to requirements, a move for Van der Wiel cannot be ruled out.

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