The Barcelona star rejected the latest contract offer, then published a unique response via his social networks.
The wait was finally over for Dani Alves on Wednesday when his ex-wife and agent, Dinorah Santana, finally sat down for contract renewal talks with Barcelona.
After those talks, there seemed to be an indication that the door remained open on the Brazilian staying. However, on Thursday, Santana held a press conference detailing what had been requested and the response from the club.
In short, Santana concluded: "We haven't reached an agreement... From here, I'll do my job, but I won't discuss that any further." - refusing to reveal which clubs she's now negotiating with, while Manchester United and Liverpool have been strongly linked as possible destinations – per the Daily Star.
Just a few hours later, despite all the speculation and always looking for a jovial or light-hearted way to react, Dani Alves posted the following image via his official Instagram account...
Whether this was a humorous way for the Brazilian star to diffuse all the media attention, or whether his photo, pants down and finger to lips, had another significant message, isn't entirely clear.
Is it an indication he's keeping his mouth shut about the transfer talk for now? Does the pants down gesture mean he feels he's been 'shafted' by Barcelona? Or, does the position of his other hand mean he's in trouble with his ex-wife and agent, if he says anything about the contract talks?
As ever with Dani Alves, there's a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma...