According to Radio Marca, Barcelona defender Dani Alves has signed with Paris Saint-Germain for next season, but not so fast, say Alves’ representatives.
The report initially claimed that Alves had followed through on his agent’s threats that talks were in progress with another club but that Barcelona still remained in the picture. With his contract expiring this summer, Alves reportedly had agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with PSG.
Alves has been with Barcelona since moving from Sevilla in 2008, and has been a regular fixture on the right side of their defensive line, but at 31 years old, Barcelona has reportedly been reluctant to give him the extension he wants.
His agent claimed a week ago, “We are close to signing for another club. We are in advanced talks. Dani is still available for Barcelona to keep hold of this summer, but he will not wait for them for much longer. People are trying to make Dani look like the bad guy in this situation and that’s wrong. This situation is quite tiresome.”
Now, according to Spanish outlet Sport, the report is being disputed.
There’s likely fire to go along with this smoke, but it may not be completely wrapped up just yet. Even if a deal is in place, the Brazilian’s party may wish to give Barcelona the opportunity to respond with an offer, so that could be the motivation behind their denial. Stay tuned.
If he does end up in the French capital, it could signal the departure of an incumbent defender, the most likely to be 21-year-old Marquinhos, who has been the subject of many Premier League transfer rumors.