Friday 19 January 2018

Manchester United place Dani Alves on transfer shortlist

Neymar celebrates with Dani Alves
Neymar celebrates with Dani Alves

Mark Ogden

Manchester United have placed Dani Alves on their short-list of potential defensive recruits this summer, but will only turn to the Barcelona full-back if they fail to land their priority targets.

Alves, who was 32 earlier this month, is out of contract at the Nou Camp this summer and currently embroiled in a public stand-off with the Champions League finalists over his future.

The Brazilian had been expected to leave Barcelona at the end of the season, but with the Spanish champions barred from signing players due to a Fifa-imposed transfer embargo, efforts have been made to hand Alves a contract extension.

The former Sevilla right-back, who has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain, admitted this week, however, that he has been left unimpressed by Barcelona’s attempts to keep him and United have been made aware of the player’s desire to move to the Premier League.

“From 7 June, I’ll announce my future,” Alves said. “My intention was not to speak, but I haven’t been respected with a lot of silly things.

“It’s gone too far. I don’t want anybody to influence my decisions. My future only depends on me. I may have two feet in the team (Barcelona), but I’ve also got one foot, my body and nearly my head out of the club.

“I would like to stay here but not at any price. Not only in terms of money but in terms of respect.

“If I’m not show that respect, I’ll go to another club. I won’t accept that they underestimate what I have given to this club. They haven’t given me the value I deserve.”

While United manager Louis van Gaal has identified the signing of a new right-back as a key element of this summer’s transfer strategy, the club are currently pursuing other targets.

Interest in Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne has cooled in recent weeks, however.

United are understood to retain an interest in Schalke’s versatile defender Benedikt Howedes, but Borussia Dortmund centre-half Mats Hummels remains the top target.

Meanwhile, United are not currently pursuing Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi, despite reports in Spain linking the Argentine with a move to Old Trafford.

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