After playing an integral part in Barcelona's eventual signing of Brazilian forward Neymar, Blaugrana full-back Dani Alves has arguably done more for this club, transfer-wise, than some of the current management. A popular figure in the dressing room, both at a domestic and an international level, Alves' light-hearted nature has seen him build good relationships with a number of players at other clubs, something that the current board have been keen to exploit to their advantage.
While his attempts to persuade Paris Saint-Germain centre-half Thiago Silva to join Neymar at the Camp Nou ultimately ended in failure, Alves almost acts as an intermediary, sounding out potential recruits before Barcelona lodge any official bid. Thankfully for the fans, Alves is also friendly with the media, and often passes along his opinion on current targets -- including Chelsea centre-back David Luiz.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Dani Alves was asked about the club's pursuit of David Luiz and inferred that the Brazilian defender is open to a move to the Camp Nou. However, Alves went on to clarify that there is another problem -- and that's Barcelona's old enemy, Jose Mourinho.
Having left Real Madrid this summer, Mourinho rejoined Chelsea on a four-year deal and Alves knows that "the Special One" is far from keen on the idea of losing his best centre-half, particularly when Luiz would considerably strengthen the Barcelona backline.
Coupling that with Chelsea's current financial state, Alves conceded that a transfer would be "more than difficult" or perhaps more accurately, "almost impossible".
Onto the next I guess...
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