Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has ruled out the rumoured signing of Barcelona's out-of-contract Dani Alves, giving Manchester United fresh hopes of securing his services.
The Brazilian international recently confirmed he is expected to leave the Camp Nou once his contract expires on 30 June after Barcelona failed to convince him to commit his future to the club with a new deal.
"There has been a lot of rubbish written, which I have been forced to put up with, and when push comes to shove, I have to come out and defend myself, and say what I have to say. 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 revealed.
Manchester United, Liverpool and specially PSG have been tipped as the main favourites to secure his services in recent months.
Louis van Gaal has reportedly earmarked the signing of a right-back as a top priority for the summer as out-of-favour Rafael is expected to leave Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Liverpool is also looking for a replacement for out-of-contract Glen Johnson and has reportedly had a first bid rejected for Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne.
But reports in Spain earlier this year claimed that while Alves is not interested to play at Anfield – due to the fact they don't currently play Champions League football – he was ready to snub also United to join instead PSG, after agreed a pre-contract agreement to move to the Ligue 1 side.
Alves, however, recently denied being in negotiations with the French side and now Laurent Blanc has all but ruled out his signing, paving the way for United to secure his services.
"I can say that Dani Alves will not come to PSG," Blanc said.
Alves has claimed he will announce his new destination after the Champions League final on 6 June.
After Alves confirmed his intentions to leave, reports in Spain claim Barcelona are not considering improving its offer to the player but Blanc believes he may still stay at the Camp Nou.
"Alves's contract with Barcelona is ending and he wants to renew with them. At the end of the day, this is all a game," Blanc added.