29-year old Brazilian international Dani Alves is high on the list of targets for Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. He has apparently been rejected once already, after Alves stated his determination to stay at the Catalan giants. It was rumoured that he had fallen out of favour with Pep Guardiola but was confident of regaining his regular place in the first team after Tito Vilanova was announced as the successor to the departing boss.
Mancini is ready to test the resolve of Barcelona with a new offer that involves cash plus City’s versatile defender Aleksandar Kolarov. At 26-years old Kolarov has more of his career ahead of him and is primarily a left back. Manchester City beat Real Madrid to his signature two years ago and paid Lazio around £15 million for him.
Barcelona will be offered Kolarov plus £10 million to persuade them to sell Alves. Although he is a great talent, and provides excellent options in attack, he can be a disruptive influence off the pitch. It could be the first big decision of Vilanova’s reign.
Alves misses Barcelona’s last game of the season, the final of the Copa del Rey, with a fractured collarbone and could have played his last match for the club.