Manchester United have received a boost in their hopes of securing the services of Barcelona right-back Dani Alves after the Champions League winners confirmed an agreement to sign Sevilla star Aleix Vidal as his potential replacement.
The Brazil international is out of contract at the Camp Nou on 30 June and, speaking ahead of the Champions League final, suggested he would move somewhere else in the summer considering his treatment by his club during the past season.
"I am with the team 200% but with the board about 10%. As it is, I have one foot, half a body and almost my head out of the club," Alves then said.
After helping his side to win the Champions League against Juventus on Saturday 6 June, Alves suggested once again that his days at the Camp Nou are numbered and revealed a move to Milan could be on the cards.
"I do not know if this was my last game for the club, but if so it's a great farewell. I came here through the front door and I couldn't go out the back.
"I have an offer from an Italian club, and it's possible that I will go there. I will evaluate the offers that I have received. Milan? It would be a pleasure to join them," he said.
Nevertheless and with Louis van Gaal looking for a replacement for out-of-favour Rafael to follow the arrival of Memphis Depay, several reports last week claimed the Premier League giants are in pole position to secure his services.
One way or another it looks like that his future at Barcelona is all but over after the Catalans confirmed the signing of Vidal – even though the right wing-back will not be able to play until January 2016 due to the club transfer embargo.
"FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC have struck a deal to bring Aleix Vidal to the Camp Nou, with the 25-year-old signing a five-year contract that will keep him at the Club until June 2020," the club said.
"Vidal – a pacey right wing-back – will be officially presented on Monday, with the signing ceremony set to take place at 1.00 pm CET after a morning of medical tests at the Hospital de Barcelona and the Centre Mèdic at the Ciutat Esportiva."