According to a fresh update from SPORT, Barcelona have decided to offer veteran defender Dani Alves a new one-year extension and keep him at the club for another season.
Alves returned to Barcelona in November last year, five years after having left the club in 2016. Having left on a free transfer, the seasoned campaigner signed on a Bosman deal, even agreeing a major pay cut to secure a move to Camp Nou.
Even though he arrived in November, Alves could only make his second debut for the Blaugrana only in January after being registered at the onset of the January transfer window.
The 38-year-old has made an immediate impact since his return, notching up a goal and three assists from seven appearances in all competitions.
Given the experience and value he adds to the team, along with the tactical flexibility of being able to play as an inverted full-back, Barça deem it prudent to hand him an extension despite his advancing years.
The Brazilian himself had hinted through his social media activity that he could be renewing his deal with the club.
Now, SPORT has come up with a definitive update on the situation, stating that the Catalan heavyweights have decided to hand him a new contract. As per the deal, Alves would also stand to get an upgrade on his current wages after having signed on a minimal salary last year.
The club, the player and manager Xavi Hernandez all want it to happen and the parties involved will sit and negotiate in the coming days as there is no automatic extension option in his contract.
No hitches are expected in the negotiations, though with the veteran right-back all set to continue at Camp Nou for another season.