Barcelona enters into talks with Dani Alves about possible return

Dani Alves could make a remarkable return to FC Barcelona in the January transfer window. According to the Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte, the raging right-back will meet with the Barcelona board this week to negotiate his return to the club.

Alves a free agent

The Catalan club believe the right-back position is an area they need to strengthen as they only have Sergiño Dest and Sergi Roberto. The Brazilian has been a free agent since his contract with Sao Paulo was terminated in September. His first idea was to stay in Brazil and he had conversations with Fluminense, but the possibility of returning to Barcelona has changed his mind, and he therefore turned down all the offers he had in Brazil.

Photo of Alveso

The player will be negotiating with the club in the coming days. The length of his contract and salary will be among the talking points. The deal will also be subject to the approval of new manager Xavi Hernández, who would basically support the arrival of his former teammate.

“Dani helps our club in many ways, he also offered his help from a sporting point of view,” said the club’s president Joan Laporta said recently. Alves has also alluded to this a number of times, emphasizing in statements that “if they need me, they can call me”. The LaLiga club have confirmed that they are in direct contact with him and that he is ready to return to the Camp Nou.

One eye on the 2022 World Cup

Alves has one eye on the World Cup in Qatar, which would be his last major tournament with his national team. The Brazilian is aware that playing for the Catalan club would significantly increase his chances of moving to Qatar next year. He left Barça in 2016 with 23 titles to his name, a phenomenal achievement alongside club legends like Leo Messi, Andrés Iniesta and current player Gerard Pique.

Barcelona see Alves as a very useful addition in a number of ways. The player with the most titles in the history of the game would add experience to a young team. In addition to the strength he would bring to the team, he would be key in the development of Sergino Desto, who would have one of the best fullbacks in history as a mentor.

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