Report: Barcelona's Dani Alves just days away from joining Manchester United

Dani Alves

Reports from Spain suggest the much-decorated Brazilian defender is on the verge of leaving the Nou Camp for Old Trafford after a seven-year stay.

No sooner had Dani Alves stepped off the field at the Allianz Arena having played his part in securing another Champions League final for Barcelona, than stories emerged that he was about to put pen to paper on a venture to Old Trafford and the Barclays Premier League.

Barcelona's 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich was enough to secure a first Champions League final appearance since 2011, when ironically they beat Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley.

But with Alves - a veteran of over 250 appearances for the Catalan giants - approaching the end of his contract at the Nou Camp, the Brazilian has decided to call time on a glittering career at Barcelona.

Reports in Catalan newspaper 'Sport' - also referenced on Sky Sports and the Metro - have suggested that Alves was unhappy with the terms offered by Barcelona, and that he had received a 'far superior' offer from Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, which meant he was just 'days away' from agreeing a free transfer deal.

Van Gaal is reportedly desperate to add more experience and quality to the Red Devils' back four and Alves is the kind of target that will satisfy the Old Trafford fans, as they look to improve on a season of recovery under the esteemed Dutch manager.

Just days ago, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was quoted as saying that Alves wanted to stay at the Nou Camp, but this morning reports are suggesting that Alves - who has won four La Liga titles, with another looking likely, and two Champions League medals with Barcelona - has decided on a move to England. 

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