Big-spending Russian oufit Anzhi Makhachkala are understood to be preparing an offer to sign the Brazilian this summer.
According to the report, Alves' agent feels that Barcelona have underestimated his client's talent in the past. Meanwhile, the Anzhi's offer is said to be "massive."
Anzhi Makhachkala Future
One of the reasons for Anzhi's interest in Alves is that the club is in expansion mode. It is a young club with an ambitious agenda promoted by billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov.
Anzhi aspires to play on the big stage of the UEFA Champions League in the near future. The emerging club is also preparing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Russia.
Anzhi has signed such veteran greats as Roberto Carlos and Samuel Eto'o in recent years. Meanwhile, Alves is arguably reaching the point in his career where he may no longer be able to keep up with younger players.
Alves may see Anzhi as a club that will give him the opportunity to play for a few more years before retiring.
The question is, is he really in Anzhi's plans this summer or is it just a rumor?
Until there is more evidence about Alves and Anzhi, it should be construed as a rumor. Alves still has a contract with FC Barcelona until 2015.
La Blaugrana, at present, will keep Alves. Barcelona is also attempting to comply with the UEFA Financial Fair Play rules before talking with Anzhi or any other club,
This is a story which will be monitored closely.