How Man United or Liverpool can benefit from Dani Alves’ sale

first_img1 Barcelona right back Dani Alves could be available at a cut price this summer according to reports in Spain, and the club are actively looking for a destination for the Brazilian. The 31-year-old who scored four goals and assisted a further six last season still has plenty of quality, so could the likes of Liverpool or Manchester United benefit from his experience? talkSPORT takes a look…Alves was already a seasoned winner when he joined Barcelona back in the summer of 2008, with five trophies under his belt from his time at Sevilla, and the Brazilian went on to better that feat significantly with the Catalans. Four league titles, two Champions Leagues and countless other cups later, Barcelona feel it is time for the club and Alves to part ways, believing he has become too comfortable in his environment at the Camp Nou and is no longer reaching the levels he’s capable of as a result. A report in Mundo Deportivo today says Barca could consider selling him for around the same price as they allowed David Villa to leave Atletico Madrid for last summer (€2.1m), and considering Villa ended his season with the Rojiblancos as a league winner and Champions League finalist, there’s plenty to suggest that a savvy club could benefit from Alves in the same way. Two English sides in particular, Liverpool and Manchester United, have an obvious place for his services.Why Liverpool?The Reds are adding plenty of reinforcements this summer, but most lack experience at the highest level in European competitions. Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Dejan Lovren and Lazar Markovic could all prove to be excellent signings, but none have significant knowledge of the Champions League beyond the group stage – certainly not to the degree of Alves. The Brazilian’s understanding of competing in Europe is virtually unrivalled when taking into account not only his host of semi-final and final appearances in the Champions League with Barcelona, but also his two UEFA Cup and one European Supercup wins with Sevilla, so there isn’t a better candidate to come in and help Liverpool out in their return to European competitions. His position on the pitch is one in which the Reds could still do with some extra quality as Glen Johnson is not exactly Mr. Reliable, and Jon Flanagan is still only 21. Being able to add as unique a player as Alves to the mix could be a useful weapon for Brendan Rodgers.Why Manchester United?A quick glance at Manchester United’s squad shows how much Alves could help Louis van Gaal. At the moment the Red Devils are without a top quality right back, and while there are wide players who could occasionally fill in as wing backs in Van Gaal’s 3-5-2, there’s no substitute for a player with years of experience playing that role. The Brazilian’s qualities are perfectly suited to what Van Gaal demands of his wide defenders in the formation he’s currently using at United, with Alves possessing one of the best engines in world football and plenty of quality in the final third. Better still, he could be useful in helping United’s younger defenders to understand the demands of the role, with the use of wing-backs new for the Old Trafford club. Alves will have a natural understanding of the kind of football Van Gaal wants from his club sides, with the Dutchman’s influence on Barcelona still felt today, and the Brazilian’s versatility would also give United the option of using him as an auxiliary forward on occasion. Looking at United’s options as things stand, he’d certainly be worth considering.Liverpool and United fans, would Dani Alves be a good addition this summer? Let us know below…last_img read more