Arsenal are reportedly considering a move for Barcelona wing-back Dani Alves, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
The Brazil international was an integral part of the Blaugrana side, which brought immense success at Camp Nou under former boss Pep Guardiola. However, the 29-year-old has now fallen down the pecking order at the club, with new manager Tito Vilanova preferring Alves' compatriot Adriano and young Spaniard Martin Montoya for the right-back role.
Alves' current contract with the Spanish giants runs till 2016. Earlier this year, the former Sevilla star had denied rumours linking him with a move away from Barcelona and stated that intended to fulfil his contract with the Catalans. However, with readymade replacements available to him, Vilanova could be tempted to cash in on the Brazilian, if an interesting offer arrives.
The Gunners' defence has been a problem for Arsene Wenger this season, with the north Londoners leaking goals almost every match. Bacary Sagna is the current first choice right-back at the Emirates but the 29-year-old is yet to sign an extension on his current deal that runs out in 2014. With the French international being linked with a move away from the north London, Wenger would be looking at his options and the manager knows that Alves could be a valuable addition.
Walcott Calls for Calm over New Contract
Meanwhile, Theo Walcott claims that negotiations are still ongoing regarding his future at Arsenal. The former Southampton man started in his preferred centre forward role and scored a goal in his side's 5-2 victory over Reading at the Madejski the other day.
The England international has just seven months remaining in his current deal and could begin pre-contractual with other clubs, if Wenger fails to solve the situation by the end of this month.
Walcott told Sky Sports: "Talks are ongoing and it's going to be a slow process. It's taking a long time but hopefully something will happen soon.
"I enjoyed playing up front and the boss gave me that opportunity. I thought I did very well and the players around me always make my job easier."