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Dani Alves Close To Leaving Barcelona

dani-alvesAccording to Sport, Dani Alves’ agent Dinorah Santana has confirmed that the Barcelona fullback is close to signing for another club.

The 31-year-old Alves has been at Barcelona since 2008 where he has won four league titles, two Champions Leagues, two FIFA Club World Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and two Copa del Reys.

However, his time with the Catalan outfit appears to be nearing it’s end, his agent has revealed that he is close to joining a new club.

“We are close to signing for another club, talks are underway. Dani [Alves] is still available, but we will not wait much longer,” Alves’ agent Dinorah Santana said.

The club who Alves is reportedly close to joining remains to be seen, but Man United have been heavily linked with the Brazil international over the past few months. Only yesterday it was reported by Sport that Man United were still maintaining talks with Alves.

Furthermore, Alves’ agent also slammed Barcelona for making the 31-year-old look like the villain in the contract stand-off between the two parties.

Sport claim that the Brazil international wants a long-term deal at Barcelona, but the La Liga giants are unwilling to offer him a long contract due to his age and wage demands.

Santana said: “Dani has been placed as the bad guy in the negotiations. They [Barcelona] want to make us believe that is bad and it is not.”

It’s a strange decision by Barca to apparent give up on the fullback, especially as they cannot buy a replacement for him realistically until the summer of 2016. And its not as if Alves’s skills have started to slip. So far this season, Alves has been a regular member of the Barcelona starting line up, making 19 appearances while completing 88% of his passes.

Furthermore, the 31-year-old has created 22 chances – more than chief playmaker Andres Iniesta (18)!

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