Juventus are reportedly close to landing Barcelona’s Dani Alves, and an official agreement is said to be due for reaching between the parties involved in the next 2 days or so. With that certain, it is pertinent to note that the La Liga champions will definitely bring in a replacement by summer. Although only few right-backs in the world are worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence with the 33-year-old, the best available full-backs out there will be targeted, and that will be a loss to some clubs. Rejecting Barcelona will be hard for almost any non Real Madrid player to reject, and if they really want to land a player, they will. As reported by Spanish newspaper, Sport, here are 3 players that are on Barcelona’s radar as the ultimate search for Alves continues.
Yet-to-be-capped Spain international and Arsenal’s right back, Hector Bellerin, Sevilla’s Mariano Ferreira, and Portugal youth international and Valencia’s Joao Cancelo are the options Barcelona plan to land ahead of next season. The full-back trio had a great campaign with their respective clubs in the recently-concluded season, and they have the required quality to play for Barcelona. Snatching them from their respective clubs will be a huge blow on the sides, but it will no doubt present the perfect opportunity for the players to increase their worth and boost their international ambitions.
Arsenal will no doubt be the most pained after they secured Bellerin from Barcelona’s La Masia years ago. Since then, he has become one of the best right-backs in the game, earning himself a spot in the PFA Team of the Year as a result of his performances last season. A return back home has always been in the books, and it was a question of WHEN and not IF he will play for Barcelona some day. He almost missed out of the Euros 2016 squad, but got a spot as a replacement for the injured Carvajal. Arsenal haven’t really been excellent in recent seasons, landing just 4 titles in over 10 years, and with Barcelona’s dominance both on the local and international scenes, making a move to where he is also guaranteed a starting place looks very ideal.
Sevilla’s Mariano Ferreira wouldn’t also hesitate to agree to a Camp Nou move. The 29-year-old Brazilian is yet to be capped at any level for his country, and after a brilliant performance for Sevilla in their Europa League triumph, he might just be close to a call up. Barcelona present a perfect chance for that to happen, and he will no doubt come as a great addition and replacement for his soon-to-depart countryman.
Valencia’s João Pedro too will be surely missed if he leaves the club after helping them secure safety in the La Liga with a great display towards the latter end of the season. The 22-year-old is highly-rated and has all it takes to break into the Portugal national team soon.
Of course Barca will miss Alves, and finding a perfect replacement for him won’t be easy, but the defensive and attacking abilities of the aforementioned full-backs make it possible for them to recover from his (would-be)loss, and their current clubs don’t stand a chance if the almighty Barcelona come for them.