Plans are afoot for a shock return of Dani Alves to Barcelona.
The Brazilian is scheduled to hold a meeting with top officials of the Catalan club to discuss a potential return in January.
The 38-year-old is not yet retired but left Sao Paulo back in September due to a dispute over unpaid image rights.
Alves left Barça in 2016, but the club have failed to replace him adequately until now. Since his departure, Sergi Roberto has frequently filled in at right-back, while Sergino Dest and Oscar Mingueza have also played there recently.
Dest is a potential beneficiary if this pans out, as Alves could be one of the best mentors for the young American where experience and talents continue to count in modern football.
The salary and terms of the contract will be considered, with Alves hoping to make his final appearance for Brazil at the 2022 World Cup. He continues to play for the Selecao, most recently in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Peru in September. After making his debut in 2006, he now has 119 international caps.
Xavi, the new Barca manager, is expected to approve the deal. They were teammates throughout the Catalan side’s most successful years when they were consistently winning league titles and challenging for the Champions League.
President Joan Laporta recently expressed his thoughts on Alves’ potential comeback, saying: “Dani Alves is helping the club in many ways, and he also offered us his help on a sporting perspective. With [Carles] Puyol there is a very direct relationship. They can help if Xavi needs them.”