Luis Enrique: Barcelona can cope without Dani Alves

by Ben Topliss

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique believes his squad has enough quality to cope without the departing Dani Alves.

The Brazilian’s current deal at the Nou Camp expires at the end of the season but his agent recently confirmed that negotiations with the club over an extension have broken down.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Alves, who would be available on a free transfer, as has Paris Saint-Germain.

Enrique insisted Barcelona are fully prepared for Alves’ exit and that he is confident other players can replace him.

Speaking about Alves, Enrique said: ”Dani Alves is a key player for us but we have a big squad and the different players we have to substitute him give me confidence.

“It doesn’t change nothing. We will try to do the same.

“With each player obviously there is a change a bit to the system, but I am so confident on any player who will be in the line up.”

Alves may well be on the decline in terms of his footballing ability but United could certainly do worse than bring him in, particularly for free.

Having played in World Cups and Champions League finals, Alves would bring experience into the squad that they don’t quite have right now, save for players such as Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney. He would also be a fine mentor to Nathaniel Clyne, who has reportedly been made United’s first summer signing by Louis van Gaal.

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