Longtime Brazilian defender Dani Alves has been an instrumental part of FC Barcelona’s success in recent years, but his tenure with Los Blaugranas might be coming to an end quicker than expected.
The former Sevilla star, who has starred 31 contests for Gerardo Martino’s side in all competitions, will see his contract expire at the end of the 2015 season. As of today, there are no talks about a possible extension. Adding to the drama, Martin Montoya already signed an extension with Los Cules and it seems like Alves is the odd man out in this equation.
In reality, FC Barcelona can’t let that happen. Alves is simply too good of a player to simply let go when his contract is over, and it has been proven time and time again that he belongs at Barcelona. His intensity, offensive movements and tenacity on defense have all been key for the titles won by the team in the last years.
Montoya is more than capable of replacing Alves, but he’s nowhere near the Brazilian in terms of quality and influence. The Spaniard is clearly the cheaper option here, and while he’s loaded with potential and could end up being one of the best right-backs in Europe in a few seasons, his current level would be a huge downgrade over what the team already has.
It remains to be seen what will happen with Alves as he could either be sold at the end of this season, or he could simply leave the team once his deal is over, just like Victor Valdes will do at the end of this current campaign. Regardless of the possibilities, Barcelona needs to act quickly and sign Alves to a long-term deal that will see him grow older at Camp Nou. He’s simply too good.