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Man United Target Dani Alves WILL Leave Barcelona This Summer

Could full-back Dani Alves be joining Manchester United in the summer transfer window…

Barcelona’s long-serving Brazilian defender Dani Alves has reportedly told his representatives to begin the search for a new club, with the full-back keen on leaving the Spanish giants when his contract expires at the end of the season.

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Alves has been eligible to speak to Premier League teams since the turn of the year, and can already be signed on a pre-contract agreement, while his agent, Dinorah Santana, has also confirmed that they intent to leave this summer.

Santana, who was quoted by the Daily Mail, said: “They [Barcelona] haven’t contacted us. I interpret that silence to mean they don’t want Dani Alves, so we will begin searching for a new club.

“We won’t wait for Barcelona, they have to take the plunge,’ added Santana. ‘Alves has spent seven years here and he has behaved like a professional at all times.

“Barcelona have not had a sporting director for a month and Alves is free to negotiate with any club. (Former director of football) Andoni Zubizarreta didn’t tell us anything.”

Manchester United have shown an interest in the 31-year-old in the past, but have yet to make any official move. The Old Trafford side already have another Brazilian right-back, Rafael, on their books, but could be looking for an upgrade.

Alves joined Barcelona from Seville in 2008 for £23m. He’s since made 320 appearances, scored 20 goals, and won 16 major honours, including four La Liga titles and two Champions League victories.

He has 79 caps for his country, which included games at the 2014 World Cup, but he was left out of the 7-1 semi-final defeat by Germany in favour of former Manchester City player Maicon.

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