Dani Alves
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Paris Saint-Germain have ruled out a move for Barcelona defender Dani Alves, according to reports in France.

The Brazilian international full-back joined Barca from Sevilla in 2008 for £23 million and has since become a pivotal player for the Catalans, helping them to win two Champions Leagues and four La Liga titles – however, his commitment to the club has been under scrutiny since last season, with some Spanish pundits naming him among the main culprits in Barcelona's recent slide.

There has been speculation the Catalan giants would be willing to offer the defender to the French club as part of a deal to sign PSG's Marquinhos – but manager Laurent Blanc rejected the possibility of the Brazilian starlet's departure from the Parc des Princes this summer.

Alves admitted he was aware of the rumours and did not hide his desire to play for the French side, alongside ex-team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

He said: "PSG are a great team. I love defending (at) great clubs. It has always been my dream. I want to play for clubs who can challenge me. I heard something about this possibility. If I do not stay at Barcelona, it is a realistic alternative for me."

And the speculation increased when Laurent Blanc heaped praise on him: "Dani Alves is one of the top players at his position. There is already David Luiz, who is a very good recruit. We will certainly take one or two more players."

However, according to the French newspaper Le Parisien, the Ligue 1 champions have made it clear that they have no intention of signing Alves as he is already 31 and they are not willing to pay his high-release clause.

Manchester United and Manchester City are reportedly monitoring the player's situation.