Barcelona full-back Dani Alves is happy at the Camp Nou, and won’t be leaving to join Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain in the summer when his contract expires, Barca president Josep Bartomeu has confidently claimed.
Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have been heavily linked with the right-back this season, however, according to Goal.com, his wage demands have proved a major stumbling block to any potential transfer.
The Brazilian is yet to be offered an extension to his current deal, but Bartomeu reveals that negotiations are underway over a new contract, and that Alves is closer to staying at the club than leaving.
Speaking to Catalan TV station TV3, he said, “Alves is much closer to staying at the club than to leaving. We have asked him to stay,” as quoted by Sky Sports.
“We are negotiating with his agent because he is an important player, not just now but for many years,” he added.
“He is eager to continue to fight and work hard.
“We hope that in the end he will accept and that the club can offer him what he deserves.
“Dani wants to remain and Barca wants him to stay. When the two sides share a common aim, it’s easy to reach an agreement.”
The 31-year-old has remained a regular in all competitions for Barca this term – having made 36 appearances and registered nine assists – despite his future being up in the air.
In his seven seasons with the club, the Brazil international has made 332 appearances, netted 20 times, assisted 82 goals, and won a stunning 16 trophies.
As a result of his success over the years in Barcelona, Alves is holding out for a three-year-deal, which he feels he deserves, and is also keen to stay so as not to uproot his family.