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Barcelona's Alves may be on way to England

Leading Premier League clubs have been alerted to a breakdown in contract renegotiations between Barcelona and the Brazil international.

Dani Alves is at a stalemate in contract negotiations with Barcelona and may be ready to leave the Spanish giants.
Dani Alves is at a stalemate in contract negotiations with Barcelona and may be ready to leave the Spanish giants.

Leading Premier League clubs have been alerted to a breakdown in contract renegotiations between Barcelona and Dani Alves that is expected to see the Brazil international made available for sale this summer.

Alves has been frustrated by Barcelona's refusal to increase their offer of a new annual salary beyond a £4.5million (Dh26.3m) over the course of five face-to-face meetings since July.

Such has been Barca's intransigent approach to negotiations, the player now believes the club intend to cash in on the remaining year of his current contract to fund the summer purchase of Cesc Fabregas.

The Arsenal captain remains Barcelona's principal summer target, but the Catalan club's debts are such that they must sell to raise a percentage of Fabregas's expected £35m fee and cover a basic wage of €7m (Dh35m).

While Alves has been a central part of Pep Guardiola's back-to-back Primera Liga- winning sides, the 27-year-old's sale would be a politically acceptable expediency.

Manchester City expressed an interest in the last window but it is unclear if they will renew their interest in the summer, particularly with Uefa's new financial fair play regulations looming.

Liverpool who have been attempting to find a buyer for Glen Johnson, have also asked to be kept informed about the Brazilian's availability.

"I told Dani how I feel, and I do not want him to stay here while he is unhappy," said Guardiola last week.

"He deserves to ask for what he wants, and the club has the right to give it, or not. I want him to be happy here, or anywhere."