FC Barcelona confirm on Twitter that Dani Alves has asked for a transfer away
The 33-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Turin giants, Juventus.
FC Barcelona's Technical Director, Robert Fernandez, just confirmed on Twitter – through the club's official Twitter account – that Brazilian right-back Dani Alves has asked for a move away from the Catalan club.
The 33-year-old has won everything there is to win with at the Camp Nou under the management of Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova, Tata Martino and most recently, Luis Enrique. He leaves the club as one of the most decorated defenders the sport has ever seen.
At Catalonia, the Brazilian won six La Liga titles, four Copa Del Reys, four Supercopas, three UEFA Champions Leagues, three UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cups. A mainstay at right-back for the club, Barcelona will have to look hard and wide to adequately replace the 33-year-old.
With Carles Puyol having retired a few seasons ago, Dani Alves is another huge loss in terms of experience for the current Barcelona side. Luis Enrique had earlier this year stated that Alves would stay on with the club but his negotiations with the club last summer about the extension of his contract didn't sit well and is finally looking to leave the club this transfer window.
Given what he brings to the team in terms of attacking intent and crosses, there are multiple clubs rumoured to be interested in him with the most touted destination to be that of Serie A giants, Juventus. The Turin club have reportedly made him a lucrative deal as they continue to push for a UEFA Champions League title – apart from the domestic ones, of course.
Barcelona have Aleix Vidal in their ranks and are said to be interesting in signing Arsenal's Hector Bellerin as they look to speed up the process of signing a replacement. Apart from Bellerin, Barcelona are targeting American Fabian Johnson, Frenchman and PSG noisy man Serge Aurier while keeping tabs on the likes of Italian Mattea de Sciglio and Spaniard Javi Manquillo.