Report: Dani Alves fancies a Premier League move

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 12: Brazilian football superstar Dani Alves looks on in the Red Bull Racing garage before the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 12, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Dani Alves is reportedly holding out for a Premier League move as his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expires in the summer.

Brazilian full-back Alves joined PSG in 2017 on a free transfer after ending a one-year stay at Juventus by having his contract terminated by mutual consent.

He got off to a dream start in France by scoring and providing an assist in his debut as the club defeated AS Monaco 2-1 in the Trophee des Champions.

Alves has since gone on to make 71 appearances in a PSG jersey, while providing eight goals and 18 assists along the way.

The 36-year-old has won the Ligue 1 title in both of his seasons at the Parc Des Princes along with a Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue 1 and a Trophee des Champions.

Since last year, however, Alves has struggled with fitness issues after undergoing knee surgery. This forced him out of Brazil’s 2018 World Cup campaign and most of the opening half of PSG’s current season.

Despite suffering another injury setback more recently, Alves appears to have put his problems aside after starting in all eight of PSG’s last matches.

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But Brazilian news outlet UOL claims the Ligue 1 champions are reluctant to offer a 36-year-old Alves a contract extension of more than a year.

The former Barcelona star will be out of contract in the summer and had hoped to receive a two-year deal instead.

Following this setback in negotiations, though, Alves is now willing to hold out for a possible Premier League move.

Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United were all interested in signing him before he joined PSG in 2017. But it’s unclear whether they will be keen to sign this summer.

Another factor in Alves’ decision to seek a move out of PSG is due to their lack of squad depth. Amid injury problems, the Brazilian has been deployed as a midfielder at times this season.

MUNICH, GERMANY – DECEMBER 05: Dani Alves of PSG Paris runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Bayern Muenchen and Paris Saint-Germain at Allianz Arena on December 5, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

 

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