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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique hopes to keep Dani Alves in his squad until the end of the season despite the Brazilian international reportedly being offered a lucrative offer to move to the Chinese Super League. The boss, meanwhile, has refused to address Sergio Busquets' recent claims over his desire to reunite with future Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
Mundo Deportivo and AS reported on 9 February that the Brazilian international has received a lucrative bid to move to a side before the transfer window closes in China on 26 February, following the footsteps of other big stars like former Chelsea star Ramires, Alex Teixeira or Jackson Martinez who have made the same move in recent days.
Alves signed a new deal at the Camp Nou until 2017 just last season following recurrent speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United. However, the Catalan publication claims that the 32-year-old defender could now be tempted by the Chinese money, with a three-year-deal worth €36m (£28m. $40.4m) on the table.
The Barcelona manager has recently seen the right-back position bolstered by the addition of Aleix Vidal, who was signed last summer but couldn't play until January due to a Fifa ban. The Spanish boss also has versatile Sergi Roberto and Douglas to cover the position but with Barcelona in contention to revalidate the treble this season he looks unlikely to part with Alves.
"I did not know the Chinese market [was still open]. I don't dominate the Chinese market but I do not consider the departure of any player, but then the circumstances can also play a part," the Barcelona boss said in the press conference ahead of the Copa del Rey second leg semi-final with Valencia. "But in principle I am happy with what I have.
"I am very happy with the competence we have in the right-back position, with Aleix Vidal, Dani Alves and Sergi Roberto. Aleix has adapted very well to the club and gives as many things, Sergi plays really well there and I have said many times the same about Alves too. He is a competitive beast."
Busquets, meanwhile, has admitted he would only leave Barcelona in order to reunite with Guardiola. But asked about that revelations, the Barcelona manager replied: "This is a question for Guardiola and for Busquets, not for Luis Enrique."