Report: Everton face competition from Barcelona in race to sign Brazilian Diego Alves

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Spanish giants Barcelona have expressed their interest in signing Everton target Diego Alves.

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According to reports from Spanish publication Super Deporte, Barcelona have expressed a desire to secure the services of Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves.

Following the departure of the long serving Tim Howard from Everton at the end of last season, manager Ronald Koeman is currently in the market to sign a goalkeeper as a replacement for the veteran American.

While Koeman has already moved on to secure the services of Maarten Stekelenburg from Fulham, it is expected that the Dutchman will only be used as a backup option and Everton remain on the lookout to sign a new custodian.

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Recently, it had been claimed by Deporte Valenciano that Koeman was eyeing up a move for Valencia 'keeper Diego Alves.

The 31-year-old has been one of the most consistent goalkeepers in La Liga over the past few seasons but a serious knee injury limited him to only 13 appearances last term.

The Valencia management are now believed to be ready to give the young duo of Matt Ryan and Jaume Doménech a chance during the upcoming campaign and it seemed like Everton signing Alves this summer would be a real possibility.

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However as a huge blow to Everton’s hopes of securing the services of Alves, Spanish outlet Super Deporte have gone on to reveal that giants Barcelona have joined in the race to sign the Brazilian international.

Barcelona are bracing themselves for offers for either Claudio Bravo or Marc-Andre ter Stegen from Premier League side Manchester City (The Daily Mail) and the Catalan giants are said to have identified Alves as an ideal replacement if one of their aforementioned goalkeepers leaves the Nou Camp this summer.

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