Manchester United have offered Barcelona right-back Dani Alves a three-year deal according to reports in Spain.
The long-term Barcelona defender and Brazil international will seemingly leave the La Liga giants this summer when his contract expires and Louis van Gaal has previously been linked with a move to bring Alves to Old Trafford.
It would mark a change in strategy for United under the Dutchman, previously the club have rarely offered anything more than a one-year deal to any player of the age of 30.
At 31, Alves would be 34 by the time he’d leave Old Trafford and fans may be worried about his lack of pace as he gets older and his ability to defend more solidly than he has to with a free flowing Barcelona side.
Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne had emerged as top target to become United’s new permanent right-back from next season and most of the rumours surrounding Alves originate from Spain rather than England.
The majority of the English press have United almost certainly signing the England international, although the club were heavily linked with Everton’s Seamus Coleman whilst David Moyes was in charge.
The common denominator in all this is Rafael. A popular figure among fans, the Brazilian has been pushed out of his spot by Antonio Valencia and seems set to leave the club this summer.
Whoever comes in, it’s certain United will be lining up with a new right-back come the opening day of the new season in August.