Barcelona have reportedly made a late move to prevent Manchester United target Dani Alves from leaving on a free transfer.
According to Marca, the Catalan giants have intervened after cash-rich French outfit Paris Saint-Germain also demonstrated a strong interest in securing his services.
Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has refused to hold further discussions with the Brazilian’s agent, Dinorah Santana, over claims that she leaked details of Barca’s previous offer to the press, and told the media that her client was ready to leave.
Instead Bartomeu has held a face-to-face meeting with the right-back and has significantly increased the amount of money on offer, with the La Liga heavyweights matching PSG’s millions in a three-year contract.
It is thought that Barca’s ban from buying players until January 2016 has also forced their hand to a certain extent, as they would not be able to replace the player for at least six months if he departed at the end of the current campaign.
The Daily Mail claims United are interested in taking the defender to Old Trafford but he is keeping his options open and would be willing to consider staying in Spain if the length of the contract is satisfactory.
The latest developments at the Nou Camp put the player’s future in the balance once again.