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Barcelona confirm sensational Dani Alves return

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The experienced Brazilian defender is set to make a spectacular comeback to Camp Nou after being passed over at one point.

After doing a U-turn on his signing, Barcelona has announced the return of veteran full-back Dani Alves.

GOAL claimed that a deal for the veteran defender was near, despite it seemed at one point that the 38-year-return old’s to the Blaugrana would be passed up.

However, the club’s new head coach, Xavi, has campaigned for the return of his former teammate, and an agreement in principle was confirmed on Friday.

Barcelona published a statement announcing Alves’ return, which read: “FC Barcelona and Dani Alves have reached an agreement in principle for the player to join the football first team for the remainder of the current season.

“The Brazilian will be joining training from next week but will not be able to play until January.

“The club will announce the full details at his official presentation as a new FC Barcelona player.”

Reacting to this, Alves said: “It would sound very opportunistic to say that Barca needs me now. I always said that I left because I saw things were not the way I thought they should be.

“You never want to see everything that [has] ended up happening since I left. I’ve said that when Barca need me and want me, I would be at their disposal regardless of where I am. The affection, love and respect I have for this club is too much.

“If Barca think they need me, they just have to call me. I still think I can contribute anywhere, but more at Barca because of the number of young players that they have now.”

Sergino Dest and Sergi Roberto are two right-back alternatives in Xavi’s squad, which was handed up to him by Koeman.

Barca, on the other hand, has suffered for steadiness and would benefit from another experienced head alongside Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Alves is also a financially prudent acquisition for a team that has amassed massive debts and is struggling to raise finances for high-profile signings.

Since terminating his contract with Sao Paulo in September, the South American has been a free agent.

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