Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has given the clearest indication yet that the club are expecting the departure of Dani Alves this summer.
The 32-year-old right-back’s current contract ends on June 30th, and despite having been offered a new deal by Barca, the Brazil international is yet to commit his future to the Nou Camp.
Speaking on Spanish radio on Thursday, as reported by Le 10 Sport, Bartomeu admitted that the club had done all they could to keep the defender.
“Barca have made the best possible offer to Alves,” he began.
“He will be the only one to make the decision. I don’t know if he will continue.”
The former Sevilla man has been at the club since 2008 and has been a key man during the Catalonians’ glorious era, winning five La Liga titles, two Champions League crowns and a whole swathe of other domestic honours.
However, the growing impasse between player and club may see him move elsewhere this summer.
There are no shortage of suitors; both Manchester clubs are keen on the international, while Paris Saint-Germain may be best placed to profit from Alves’s departure from the Nou Camp.
The French champions have an extensive tradition of signing Brazilian players, and with Gregory van der Wiel having failed to convince this term, have been eyeing Alves as a potential upgrade.