Scolari wants Barça defender Dani Alves at Athletico Paranaense

Scolari wants Barça defender Dani Alves at Athletico Paranaense

| EFE

Alves, 39, is out of contract in the summer but hopes to stay at Camp Nou

Barcelona must decide in the coming days whether they renew Dani Alves' contract when it expires at the end of the season, with Xavi Hernandez's side closing the campaign at home to Villarreal on Sunday.

The Brazil international is drawing interest from several clubs, despite recently turning 39, and one of them is Ath. Paranaense, the current champions of the Copa Sudamericana who are coached by the veteran Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The 'Furacao' are aware their chances of landing Alves are slim, but Scolari, the ex-Brazil coach, would be delighted to bring him in.

They are scouring the European market for experienced options, with Fernandinho, 37, tipped to return to the club where it all began for him after leaving Manchester City.

Alves, however, wants to stay at Barcelona. He arrived for free in January on a low salary and feels that he's not only earned a new deal, but that he has added a lot both on and off the pitch to Barça's revival from ninth to second.

He would like to stay for another year, but would accept a six-month deal, taking up to the World Cup in Qatar, where he hopes to compete with Brazil.

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