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Dani Alves pondering a return to Barcelona

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Dani Alves pondering a return to Barcelona

Dani Alves pondering a return to Barcelona

Dani Alves is considering a possible comeback to Barcelona and for this return, he is set to hold a meeting with the club’s top executives in January. amid an unpaid image rights dispute, the 38-year-old departed Sao Paulo in September but he is not yet retired. In 2016 he left Barca and since then the Spanish football club has struggled to fully replace him.

Sergi Roberto has frequently filled in at right-back since Alves’ departure, while Sergino Dest and Oscar Mingueza have also played there recently. According to UOL, the Brazilian is expected to sign a contract with the La Liga giants in the coming days. With Alves serving as one of the best possible mentors for the young American, Dest could benefit from the move according to Spanish publication AS football news.

The salary and term of the contract will be considered, with Alves aiming for a World Cup swan song with Brazil in 2022. He continues to play for the Selecao, most recently in a 2-0 World Cup qualification win over Peru in September. He now has 119 caps for his country after making his debut in 2006.

The new Barça manager, Xavi would also have to approve the transfer. The two were teammates for the Catalan side during their more successful years when they were frequently winning league titles and fighting for the Champions League. Xavi’s first game as head coach will be the local derby against Espanyol after the international break.

On the possibility of a return for Alves, President Joan Laporta recently commented, stating: “Dani Alves is helping the club in many ways, and he also offered us his help on a sporting perspective. With [Carles] Puyol there is a very direct relationship. They can help if Xavi needs them.”

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