Liverpool and Manchester United are very accustomed to heated battles on the pitch, just ask Steven Gerrard, but the latest potential feud is about to ensue away from the turf.
The Premier League behemoths are preparing for a tug-of-war over Barcelona full-back Dani Alves, who could well be available on a free transfer this summer as the clock runs down on his Camp Nou deal.
Unfortunately for the rival clubs, though, they won’t be the only ones holding the rope.
The Mirror reports that Paris St-Germain lead the way in negotiations over the 31-year-old, while Serie A giants Juventus and Inter’s names are also in the mix along with Borussia Dortmund.
It could all boil down to money of course and in that respect PSG hold all the aces, though Alves himself recently distanced himself from claims a deal had virtually been brokered at the Parc des Princes.
Liverpool and Man United both have obvious holes to plug on the right-hand side of their defences so may well be prepared to roll out the red carpet for the Brazilian flyer.
From Alves’ perspective, Champions League football is sure to be a prerequisite for any move and in that respect United clearly have their noses, and maybe an ear or two, in front.
Victory at Anfield before the internationals jemmied open a five-point gap between Louis van Gaal’s men in fourth and Brendan Rodgers’ side now cut somewhat adrift in fifth.
With eight Premier League games each to left play, United are seen as 2/11 chances to qualify for the Champions League, ahead of 7/2 shots Liverpool.
Alves’ athletic abilities and textbook raiding runs down Barca’s flanks would be a welcome sight in on English shores next season; it’s just a case of who can be the most persuasive.
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