Alves has the sixth most minutes under Luis Enrique this season and the Galician coach is a staunch supporter of keeping the 31-year-old at the Camp Nou for several more seasons while the club didn't even make contact with the player until two weeks ago.
Several weeks ago, as quoted by the Express, Dinorah Santana, Alves' agent and ex-wife, went to various Spanish media outlets to reveal that Barcelona had not so much as made a single phone call to discuss Alves' renewal, despite the player's public pleas that he wished to remain with the club.
Barcelona eventually felt the pressure and began conversations with Santana, with the two sides agreeing to meet over the international break to discuss a possible renewal.
According to AS, Alves will ask for three years and will not take a pay cut, despite being in love with the city and the club, but would be willing to work with the Blaugrana to find an amicable agreement.
Barcelona are in a tight spot when it comes to Alves' renewal, as they seemingly have no choice but to give in to the player's demands if they decide to renew his contract as Martin Montoya has not shown the ability or versatility to adequately replace Alves while Douglas has been either injured or completely left out of the squad for weeks on end, as his signing remains a mystery.