Barcelona defender Dani Alves would welcome the signing of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

The 21 year old has made an encouraging return from 16 months out injured to spearhead England's World Cup qualification campaign and Arsenal's attempts to qualify for the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger has often attempted to downplay the impact of Wilshere without success, and having starred against Barcelona in the Champions League two years ago and subsequently impressed upon his return from injury, Alves feels the Arsenal man would be a perfect addition for Barca.

Andres Iniesta and Jack Wilshere
Wilshere can reach the heights of Iniesta should he move to Barcelona according to Alves.

"He is a great player who we have met playing against Arsenal and without doubt he can reach the height of the players we have here at Barcelona like Xavi and Iniesta," Alves said, according to the Telegraph.

"He has a lot of quality and a great personality. If I was given the chance to choose, he is a player that I would sign for Barcelona."

Alves came up against Wilshere when England beat Brazil in a friendly at the start of February. And while Brazil lost out to the hosts, the 29 year old insists his own side's preparations for the 2014 World Cup are on track.

"England are a historic team which is not going through its finest period," he explained.

"But coming up against a rival like this is always difficult. Excuses are not valid in this sport but we had players from Brazil who haven't played much at all.

"Because of these circumstances, I think we did a good job. There were good and bad things."