Rumours that Barcelona’s Brazil international full-back Dani Alves would leave the Camp Nou for Paris St-Germain during the summer ultimately came to nought, but whispers that the 31-year-old is unloved by new coach Luis Enrique have led bwin.com to price up his whereabouts come February.
Media outlets have reported that both Manchester United and Liverpool are in for Alves, whose place is thought to be under threat in Catalonia from new signing Douglas and La Masia graduate Martin Montoya.
Interestingly, despite picking up two La Liga full-backs recently, it is the Merseyside Reds who attract the shorter quote of the north-west pair, at 6/4 to be housing Alves by the end of the January transfer window.
This rates something of a surprise, as Anfield chief Brendan Rodgers has Javier Manquillo, Jon Flanagan and Glen Johnson able to operate in Alves’ right-back slot, with the former pair both a decade-plus younger than the potential incomer.
An Alves move to Old Trafford would make much more sense, with Louis van Gaal’s current options at right-back seemingly limited to Antonio Valencia, a winger, and Rafael Da Silva.
Alves’ international ally Rafael is yet to feature this season and has never played more than 28 top-flight matches in a single campaign for United, largely due to injury.
However, it seems a Van Gaal move for the Blaugrana man is unlikely going by the odds, with the Red Devils priced up at 7/1 to be his January destination.
Barcelona are uneasy-looking favourites to keep him through the next transfer window at 1/2, while Juventus are the only other club that bwin.com believes may be in for Alves and are priced up at 4/1 in said market.