Alves close to Barca deal
Barcelona will complete a deal for Daniel Alves on Monday, according to reports.
Last Updated: 07/06/08 2:49pm
Reports emanating from the Spanish press are suggesting Barcelona have beaten off the interest of a host of English clubs to the signature of Sevilla full-back Daniel Alves.
Sevilla's sought-after Brazilian has long-since been the target of Barca and it now looks as though they have landed their man in a big-money deal.
Ona FM claim Barca are expected to confirm the transfer on Monday, with the deal thought to be worth 29.5 million euros (£23.5million), a price which could increase to as much as 35.5m (£28.5million) euros if Alves helps the Catalans to league or UEFA Champions League success.
The 25-year-old has spent four years with Sevilla since signing from Brazilian club Bahia in 2003, and has been strongly linked to Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool at various points over recent seasons.
"I am very pleased an agreement has been reached and that I will be joining a club of the stature of Barcelona," Alves was quoted as telling Spanish radio station RAC1.
"I am an ambitious player and hope that by joining an important club like this it will help me to win titles."
Barca's new manager Josep Guardiola was keen to strengthen his right-wingback area after the departure of Gianluca Zambrotta to Milan following a two-year stint in Catalunya.