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Manchester City weighing up Alves swap deal

Following on from their Premier League triumph, Manchester City will continue to look to the world’s big guns for reinforcements this summer with reports emerging that Dani Alves will be the next player on their wishlist.

Sources suggest that the Citizens are prepared to offer Aleksandar Kolarov – who looks set to leave the Etihad Stadium as things stand – plus a cash payment of £12m.

Roberto Mancini’s side will undoubtedly be pleased with the progress they have shown over the last nine months but won’t be looking to accept any drop in standards over the summer as they hope to retain their Premier League title.

Kolarov came to Manchester City in 2010 and quickly established himself as the first-choice left-back but following a string of impressive performances this season, Gael Clichy has now occupied the spot.

The Serbian set-piece specialist has been linked with a return to former club Lazio in recent months.

Alves is currently on the injury list but is set to return to full fitness in July,

The 29 year-old made an incredible 52 appearances for Barcelona this campaign, scoring two goals and registering an awesome 20 assists in the process.

With Pep Guardiola set to leave the Catalan club, several of the Barça playing staff are believed to have developed doubts regarding the club’s future and may be tempted should a lucrative offer come their way.

The news comes as quite strange considering the magnificent season Pablo Zabaleta had at right-back, managing to keep Micah Richards out of contention.

However, Alves would undoubtedly be brought in as a first choice full-back who is also capable of playing on the right side of midfield as well as further up the field.

The player-plus-cash deal would bring the total value of the transfer to around £25m; a deal Barcelona may consider given the age of the attack-minded defender.

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