The new Ligue 1 side prepare to make a bid for Barca’s Brazilian right-back.
Newly promoted AS Monaco have added Barcelona’s Brazilian defender Dani Alves to their ever-growing shopping list, reports Spanish radio station Cadena SER.
The club have a colossal transfer kitty to spend this summer as Russian owner Dymitry Rybolovlev plows his fortune into Monaco in order to see them rival Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Alves is under contract at the Nou Camp until June 2015 but the Principality club are aiming to tempt Barca into selling with the defender creeping into his 30s.
The Brazil international became the most expensive full-back in history when he signed from La Liga side Sevilla in 2008 for £31.2million.
In five years at the Catalan club Alves has played 245 times, helping Barca to three La Liga titles, two Champions League trophies and one Spanish Cup victory.
Monaco are an attractive prospect for any footballer due to the minimal tax responsibilities in the city and the 30-year-old may be more interested in coming if the club manage to secure other marquee signings.
Football website transfermarkt.com value Alves at £23million, but with Monaco’s enormous spending power this large sum would not be a problem.
Whether Barcelona would be willing to part with their right-back is another matter however, as although the Ligue 1 club have significant financial attraction they do not have the same footballing credentials of the Spanish champions.