It is apparent that Barcelona full-back Dani Alves is a prime target for Paris Saint-Germain as his contract at the Catalan giants comes to an end in June. The 31-year-old has been linked with the club for near enough a year now and talk of a potential move is gathering pace. With Serge Aurier’s loan deal set to be made permanent at the end of the season, this certainly begs the question over the future of Gregory Van der Wiel?
The Dutchman has not showed anything near the form from last season where, for me, he was one of our most underrated performers. Certainly in Europe, VDW was a prime contributor with an assist tally of four. Zlatan Ibrahimovic benefited from this the most and the performance from the pair away to Anderlecht demonstrated that chemistry. But things this season have not been as sweet for the former Ajax man.
Injuries, dips in form, an apparent lack of confidence. It has led to coach Laurent Blanc utilising a centre-back in Marquinhos in that right-back position where the Brazilian has – quite frankly – prospered. It is not intended as a slap in the face for VDW, his form just does not merit a consistent starting berth which he’s been used to for the last 18-months.
The links with Alves are strong. Last week Mundo Deportivo reported that the Brazilian’s agent Dinorah Santana was in Paris to negotiate with Les Parisiens. In addition, MARCA reported a few days ago that there is an offer of a three-year contract on the table from PSG worth €9m per season. The player’s agent has also begun searching for a home within the French capital for the former Sevilla man. This is all to be confirmed of course and is pure speculation but the writing seems to be on the wall. Dani Alves will be a Paris Saint-Germain player come the summer!
Alves’ ability and credentials are not to be scoffed at. He may be at the wrong side of 30 but he has showed no let up as Barcelona lead the Spanish title race by four points.