In the aftermath of Paris Saint-Germain’s underwhelming 1-1 draw with Montpellier on Friday in the Parisians’ first match of their Ligue Un title defense, French newspaper L’Equipe suggests that PSG are stepping up their hunt for a new right-back, and could be prepared to revive their interest in FC Barcelona full-back, Dani Alves. The Brazilian defender has been linked with a move to Paris in the past, and now, with less than two years left to run on his current contract, L’Equipe believe that Alves could be tempted by an offer from abroad.
The promise of a longer, more financially rewarding, contract would likely be tempting for any player – although Alves has stated in the past that he would not leave the Camp Nou unless Barcelona specify that they no longer require his services. Following the signing of former Santos forward, Neymar, one might even argue that Alves’ place in the squad is as secure as it has ever been; both offensively and defensively, Dani has also been one of Barça’s most consistent players over the past five seasons. Simply put, it seems ludicrous to suggest that Alves’ time at the club has come to an end.
That’s especially true when one considers who exactly is interested in the Brazilian; Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi is hardly a popular figure with the Camp Nou management given his unwillingness to even entertain an offer for Thiago Silva – so why should the Blaugrana even consider any offer for Dani Alves?
My message to Al-Khelaifi would be clear – either pay Alves’ €150 million buyout clause, or keep looking...