Brazilian veteran right-back Dani Alves could soon return to soccer, and if reports from UOL Esporte are true, he could do so in an FC Barcelona jersey.
Alves is currently a free agent after terminating his contract with Sao Paulo a couple of months ago. He was close to joining Fluminense in recent weeks but the talks with the Brazilian side have stalled after the opportunity to return to Nou Camp presented itself.
Reportedly, Barca would like to sign Alves in order to boost the competition on the right-back position, where they currently have USMNT’s Sergino Dest and Spaniard Sergi Roberto. It is believed that the club’s new manager Xavi also wouldn’t mind having his former teammate on the squad.
The move was previously hinted by Barcelona’s president Joan Laporta, who recently told the media that the club and Alves remain in touch.
“Dani is helping our club in many ways, he has also offered his help from a sporting point of view,” Laporta said.
The two sides are set to have talks about a potential move at some point this week with Alves being especially motivated to wrap them up successfully. The 38-year-old wants to make Brazil’s squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and thinks that playing with such a big club as Barca would significantly increase his chances to do so.
Alves played for Barcelona between 2008 and 2016 and made 391 appearances during his time in Spain. He helped the club win 23 trophies including six La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions League honors.