Dani Alves, considered by many as the greatest right back in FC Barcelona's history, recently announced he would be leaving PSG this summer.
The Brazilian wants a Camp Nou return. Alves is aware that at 36, he wouldn't be anything more than a short-term solution to the club's issues, but he would love nothing more than to retire as a Barça player.
However, a deal to bring in a player on the verge of retirement isn't what Barça are known for. Could they make an exception for Alves?
HE'D COST NOTHING
The option to bring in Alves does have some positives to it though. He's shown, despite his advancing years, that he's still good enough at the highest level as proven by his performances for PSG and Brazil. He'll be available on a free transfer from the 30th June.
This isn't something new for the Brazilian as he joined Juventus on a free transfer before signing for PSG on a free too. These transfers have helped Alves maintain control of his career and, perhaps equally as important, it's allowed him to dictate the terms he wants.
If Alves did join Barça, it would allow the club to sell Nelson Semedo for a big profit and allow Wague a more active role in the first team picture. Sergi Roberto, as has been the case for a while now, is also capable of covering that role if need be.
With the money raised from a potential Semedo transfer, Barça would also be able to sign Raphael Guerreiro to offer serious competition to Jordi Alba at left back. If not, Barça might be forced to search for another short-term solution in Filipe Luis, also available for nothing this summer.
Filipe Luis, like Alves, would be an uncharacteristic choice from Barcelona. The Atletico Madrid fullback is on the verge of turning 34. However, with so many big deals being lined up the idea of a short-term, low-cost solution might become more appealing as the numbers continue to be crunched.