According to the Guardian, Manchester United believe they are in pole position to land Barcelona right-back Dani Alves once his contract at the Spanish club expires.
The report suggests Louis van Gaal has yet to give the green light on the deal, but United’s recruitment staff are confident of their chances of snapping him up as they can comfortably match or even improve on his current deal with the La Liga champions.
Rumours that the Brazilian could be on his way to Old Trafford this summer have been long-standing, as the Mirror reported as early as January this year that he could be on his way to England.
On Monday, the 32-year-old Brazilian was given a glowing endorsement by teammate Lionel Messi, who claimed the United target to be ‘the best full-back in the world’.
Would Alves be a good signing for Louis van Gaal?
Although the report seems to suggest Van Gaal has yet to give the green light on the club making an official move for Alves, he would be out of his mind not to.
The Champions League winner has been sounded out as one of the best in the world for quite some time now and has rarely allowed his own high standards to dip below anything other than very good.
He would bring in some much needed experience to the United backline and would certainly add the steel they have, at times, lacked this season.
At 32, it will be argued his best days may be behind him, but it is worth remembering that some of the best defenders in the world have played well into their late-thirties.