Arsenal and Tottenham may be set to lock horns over yet another player in the transfer market this summer.
Brazil and former Barcelona, Juventus and PSG defender Dani Alves is still a free agent. The 36-year-old showed no signs of his age during the summer where he was one of the tournaments best players.
The attacking full back oozes class and amongst the accolades on his packed CV, he does lack experience at a Premier League club. Could Tottenham be the team that fills that void?
Reports are suggesting that Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City are all interested in bringing Alves to the Premier League. The calibre of club show how the Brazilian still has plenty left in the tank.
Kieran Trippier was an inconsistent part of an otherwise very successful Tottenham team last season. Serge Aurier did not do much in reserve and so I think Spurs would really benefit from signing Alves on a short term deal.
Aurier needs to be playing regularly, so a loan deal for him to allow for Alves to arrive makes sense.
Alves is a player that would bring so much to the squad both on and off the pitch, with his winning experience vital.
Whilst the club have made huge strides under the stewardship of Pochettino, they need to take the next big step in the coming seasons and win a major trophy.
There aren’t many seasoned winners available for free like Alves, and so Spurs should be moving fast to try and beat off competition from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City.
Alves reportedly earned £200,000 per week in Paris and should his demands remain at that level, it could cause problems for Spurs, who operate with a strict wage budget. But on a short term deal, if he can help the club win a major trophy, he is worth that money.
Alves has worked under both Emery and Guardiola before, so Spurs will have some convincing to do if they are to win this battle.