Barcelona star Dani Alves has revealed he will leave the Nou Camp next summer to move to the Premier League, with both Liverpool and Manchester United reportedly monitoring the situation.
The Brazilian international full-back joined the Catalans from Sevilla in 2008 for £23m but will be available for free next summer, as his contract at the Camp Nou is set to expire at the end of the season and neither the club nor the player look likely to prolong it.
Even though Alves, 31, was a pivotal asset for Barcelona during their golden years - winning two Champions League and four La Liga tittles - his future at the club has been under scrutiny in recent times.
Reports suggested Barcelona wanted to sell the defender before his contract expires and had already offered his services to a number of Premier League sides, along with Paris Saint-Germain, during the summer.
But with no clubs interested in paying a fee for his services, the defender stayed at the club, even though Barcelona have new signing Douglas Pereira and youngster Martin Montoya in the right-back position.
During an interview with O Globo, Alves confirmed he will be leaving La Liga for the Premier League in 2015. "This will be my last season at Barça," he said.
"Next year I'm moving to England. I want to play in the birthplace of football."
Alves refused to confirm which club he could end up playing for but during the summer, Liverpool and United were reportedly interesting in his services.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers signed Javier Manquillo in the summer on loan from Atletico Madrid for two seasons but with Glen Johnson's contract at Anfield set to expire, he may consider to bolster the right-back position with the experience of Alves.
Meanwhile, United's Louis van Gaal may also consider Alves as the Dutch manager failed to secure a back-up for Rafael during the summer, with winger Antonio Valencia forced to readapt to a deeper role.