Balague suggests Manchester United will face competition from City for Dani Alves

Dani Alves

Guillem Balague believes Dani Alves wants to remain at Barcelona, but sees Manchester City challenging Manchester United in any transfer scramble.

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has been discussing the future of Barcelona full-back Dani Alves during an exclusive interview with 888sport.com.

It has been widely reported for some time now that the Brazilian defender’s current deal at Camp Nou is due to expire at the end of the season.

No fresh terms have been agreed as yet, meaning a Champions League final appearance against Juventus on Saturday could be his last for the Catalan giants.

There has been plenty of toing and froing over the last couple of months regarding his possible summer plans, with exit talk building as discussion regarding a possible extension continues to linger.

Balague believes that prolonging a seven-year association with Barca remains the 32-year-old’s preferred option, but no doors are being closed at this point.

That is helping to keep the likes of Manchester United interested, with the Red Devils having been heavily linked – by the Guardian, among others – with a summer approach.

They are by no means the only ones monitoring Alves’ situation, although the Independent have suggested that French giants Paris St Germain are now out of the running.

Balague isn’t convinced that they would watch on from afar if the transfer door was opened, and he also believes that Manchester City would be prepared to rival their cross-city neighbours if there is any deal to be done that brings the South American to England.

He told 888sport.com: “The last time Alves spoke it was a clear message to send pressure to the Barcelona board so they give him a better contract and I think that’s still his priority.

“If that is not sorted, then Manchester United perhaps. PSG, Manchester City will be there also, but we will see.”

For now, Alves’ future remains up in the air, with the focus of player and his current club locked on an epic continental showdown with Juve in Berlin.

Leaving on the back of a treble triumph – with Barca having already taken the La Liga and Copa del Rey crowns – would be some way to go, but would also raise serious questions as to why you would want to turn your back on Luis Enrique’s all-conquering outfit.

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