Zubizarreta: No offers for Dani Alves

The chief of the Catalan side hinted that before another player can be signed another must be sold, although the Brazilian is not the subject of official interest

Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has said that defender Dani Alves has not been the subject of any official transfer interest and remains part of the Catalans’ squad.

The Brazil international right-back has been subject to a great deal of speculation this summer as his contract expires in 2015, when he could potentially leave Camp Nou on a free transfer.

Liverpool, Inter and Paris Saint-Germain amongst others have been linked with the ex-Sevilla defender but the club chief has cooled speculation that the 31-year-old is in line to leave imminently, stating: “At the moment we have received no offers for Dani Alves. He is a player in our squad and he is training very well.”

While Zubizarreta would not be drawn into discussing any deal for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado, who is reportedly on the verge of joining the Liga giants, he did not dismiss the possibility that players could be added to the squad before the transfer window shuts on September 1, though he did hint that there would have to be a reduction in the playing staff before anyone could be added.

“I think we’re going to enjoy what we have at the moment,” he explained, discussing the defensive roster that coach Luis Enrique has available.  “We’re comfortable now. At this moment we have a highquality defensive line.

“Until the deadline there are options to find more players. Maybe we have to work on a player leaving. We hope that on September 1 we have the best squad for the coming campaign.

“If we have an option to improve the squad, we’ll take that chance, but at the momet we’re really happy.”