Lionel Messi believes Barcelona should think twice about allowing Dani Alves to leave the Nou Camp when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Alves announced at a press conference last month that he would not be staying with Barcelona beyond 2015 following the club’s refusal to offer him a new contract he agreed with.
The belief was that the 32-year-old was on the decline but following a resurgent campaign this season, the tables have turned firmly in Alves’ favour.
The Brazilian right-back’s contract expires in the summer and Alves looks set to jump ship with both Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain mentioned as possible destinations.
Messi understands the importance of a quality right-back and made it clear he wanted Alves to stay.
Speaking about Alves, Messi said: “He’s a very complete player, the best full-back in the world I think, it’s very hard to find a full-back like Dani with the ability he has and with the attitude that he plays every game, it’s difficult to find that today.”
United have been on the lookout for a right back with the inconsistent and injury plagued Rafael looking set to leave in the summer.
Antonio Valencia, who is more comfortable on the right wing, has stepped in admirably as a temporary solution for Louis van Gaal but there is no doubt what a player with the quality that Alves has to offer would bring to the team.
Given the fact that Alves transfer would be free and the only cost involved would be his wages means that the risks involved in signing a 32-year-old would be slight compared to playing another season without a dependable right back.