Report: Manchester United handed boost in race for Dani Alves

The defender looks set to leave Barcelona, but PSG will not be making a move for his services.

Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in the race to sign Barcelona full-back Dani Alves.

The Brazilian is out of contract at the Nou Camp in the summer and is yet to sign a new deal with the club, recently declaring that he will only make a decision on his future after the Champions League final on June 6th.

According to the Daily Mail, United managed Louis Van Gaal is keen to make a move for the 32-year-old, believing he would prove a reliable and valuable squad player in spite of the high wages they would have to pay for his services.

It was believed to be a two-horse race between United and French champions PSG should Alves leave Barcelona, with Laurent Blanc’s oil rich side likely to be one of a small number of clubs that could afford his wages.

In an interesting twist, however, PSG boss Laurent Blanc has ruled out a move for the defender, paving the way for Manchester United to secure his signature should he decide to leave Spain.

"I can say that Dani Alves will not come to PSG,” Marca report Blanc as saying.

“I don't think so. Alves's contract with Barcelona is ending and he wants to renew with them. At the end of the day, this is all a game"

Securing Alves, who has won everything during his time at Barcelona, would be considered a big coup ahead of the new season for Van Gaal, with the right-back spot one in desperate need of improvement in his squad.

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