According to reports, Dani Alves is set to leave Barcelona for Juventus in the summer and the Spanish club have approached Arsenal over a possible move for Hector Bellerin.
According to Cadena SER (via 101greatgoals), Barcelona legend Dani Alves is set to move to Serie A champions Juventus. It has been reported that the Brazilian international has agreed to a 3 year contract. This comes immediately after Dani Alves’ team mate Javier Mascherano was linked with a move to Juventus.
The report also claims that the Biaconeri will sign Alves for free. This is after he had signed a two year contract extension in 2015 which would see him remain at the club till 2017.
Bellerin to Barcelona
These recent developments would mean that Barcelona will now step up their efforts to bring Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin back home. The Arsenal fullback has won many plaudits for his performances for the Gunners this season and is regarded as one of the top defensive talents on the planet.
Bellerin learnt his trade at La Masia, Barcelona’s fabled youth academy, which have produced world beating talents like Carles Puyol, Lionel Messi, Xavi and Iniesta. Bellerin would be familiar with Barcelona’s philosophy and would fit in almost immediately. He is reportedly the Blaugrana’s first choice to replace the outgoing Alves and according to a report in The Daily Star, Barcelona approached Arsenal over a possible transfer for the 21 year-old and were immediately rejected. It is unlikely that Barcelona will give up so soon and are sure to push for the move in the coming transfer window.
Sport claim that Alves left Spain on Wednesday to join his country’s national team as they begin their preparations for the Copa America. They believe that the next time Alves returns to Barcelona, it will be to say his farewells. According to the report, talks over Alves’ move to Turin have been going on for more than a month and the two sides reached an agreement after Barcelona’s victory against Sevilla in the Copa Del Rey final.
The Brazilian international has been an integral part of Barcelona’s most successful period in their history. In his 8 years with them since moving from Sevilla, he has won 23 major trophies with the Catalan giants in the process of making them one of the best teams to have ever played the game. His departure would pose as a great headache for Luis Enrique as they do not have a direct replacement. At 33 years of age, the Brazilian speedster is still going strong. There are no fullbacks in the world that offer the wealth of experience as Dani Alves and this move may prove to be costly for the Catalans if they can’t find an adequate replacement.