FC Barcelona: Losing Both Brazilian Full-Backs Could Be a Big Mistake

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FC Barcelona: Losing Both Brazilian Full-Backs Could Be a Big Mistake
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Should Barcelona consider selling both of their Brazilian full-backs?

Dani Alves and Adriano Correia could both be on the move from Barcelona if recent reports surrounding both players are correct.

Per Talksport, Correia is set for an £8 million move to AS Roma, whilst Alves is almost certainly on his way to French champions Paris Saint-Germain, according to beIN Sports via Football Espana.

It's a double move which doesn't really make too much sense when you break it down.

Although Correia is seen mainly as a deputy for Jordi Alba on the left side, the fact is that he is very much an able deputy.

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Is Adriano waving goodbye to Barca?

Indeed, on last season's numbers, you'd suggest it was the reverse.

Twenty-six appearances (two as sub), three goals, one assist and an 89.6 percent pass success for Adriano per WhoScored.com, compared to Alba's 15 appearances (one as sub), two assists and an 89.4 percent pass accuracy per WhoScored.

From a purely footballing perspective, Correia also offers something that Alba doesn't which is genuine two-footed excellence. The Brazilian is equally adept at going inside or outside the full-back, often with devastating consequences.

Alba has a fine crossing ability, astonishing speed and can time his attacking runs to perfection, but does he genuinely offer that much more than his reserve? On the evidence presented so far, you would have to say no.

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Perhaps Adriano himself has indicated that unless he can be offered something more than a peripheral role, then he will be off.

But Barca are surely not going to allow him to depart without a fight. Like Eric Abidal, he offers quite a bit more than your everyday left-back, and Barca need to find room for that sort of player.

Dani Alves' situation seems a little more clear cut. Disillusioned with life at the club as far back as the start of the season, per Ameen Rabbani of Inside Spanish Football, the right-back seems destined to leave.

Per a more recent interview with Catalan radio station RAC1, via The Daily Star, Alves noted:

How can people forget that these players have been responsible for the greatest football? Well, I don’t feel like it. That’s why there are many doubts over my staying here.

If people put up with me as I am, fine. Otherwise I will go somewhere else.

Whether you like it or not, I am part of the history of this club, of the most beautiful history. But I need energy, I need to be content and happy.

Despite being found wanting defensively on occasion, as an out and out wing-back there is no one better. Lionel Messi, in particular, benefits from Alves' expertise in the role, the Brazilian providing the most assists to the Argentine.

From first minute to last, there is one man you can rely upon to still be working the channels effectively, and that man is Alves. Two goals, three assists and an 87.3 percent pass completion success, per WhoScored, is a fine return.

Martin Montoya is untested over a long period at the highest level, and rumoured moves for Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, including this one from Luis F. Rojo of Marca, could be destined to fail amid interest from Juventus per Football Italia.

Allowing one of Alves or Adriano to move can be put down to squad regeneration. Bearing in mind Barca's search for a new centre-back, too. Allowing both to leave will mean the club faces having to replace 75 percent of their defence in one summer window, which frankly makes no sense at all.

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