Dani Alves is FINALLY set to make his second Barcelona debut

Dani Alves is FINALLY set to make his second Barcelona debut in their Copa del Rey clash against Linares Deportivo as the 38-year-old defender’s registration is confirmed

  • Dani Alves returned to Barcelona in November five years after his first stint
  • But Alves could not be registered until the LaLiga window opened on January 3 
  • The Brazilian is available for the Copa del Rey clash against Linares Deportivo
  • The 38-year-old had been included in the squad list before the confirmation

Dani Alves is poised to finally make is second debut for Barcelona after the club received confirmation of the right-back’s registration. 

Alves, 38, returned to the Nou Camp in November five years after his first stint with the Catalan giants came to an end. 

But Barcelona could not register the defender until the LaLiga registration window opened on January 3. 

Dani Alves (pictured) is set to make his Barcelona debut after his registration was confirmed 

The Brazilian will be available for Barcelona’s trip to Linares Deportivo in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. 

Alves had been included in the squad list to face Linares on Wednesday morning but had an asterisk next to his name, signalling that he was awaiting confirmation of his registration. 

Soon after, the club posted to their official Twitter account that the Spanish FA had confirmed the registration and Alves is now expected to make his debut on Wednesday night. 

The Brazilian returned to the Nou Camp in November and will finally be available for the Copa del Rey clash against Linares Deportivo on Wednesday

The veteran had made is unofficial debut in a friendly against Boca Juniors in December just one month after rejoining the LaLiga side.

Alves played for Barcelona between 2008 and 2016, picking up six LaLiga titles, three Champions League crowns and three Club World Cup trophies among other major honours.

He returned to the club in November and reunited with his former team-mate and Barca manager, Xavi, after terminating his contract with Sao Paulo.

Following his trophy-laden spell at Barcelona, six more pieces of silverware in two seasons at PSG followed for Alves, after he won the double in his one and only season at Juventus.

He went on to join his boyhood club Sao Paulo on a free transfer in August 2019 and became the best-paid footballer in South America.

The 38-year-old’s return sees him reunited with former team-mate and manager, Xavi (right)

Alves returned to training on Sunday alongside Jordi Alba after the pair returned negative Covid-19 PCR tests. 

But Barca boss Xavi faces team selection struggles ahead of the cup game after the first-team suffered a Covid outbreak. 

New £55million signing Ferran Torres and Pedri tested positive for the virus earlier this week after it was revealed that the club had a total of ten cases on December 30. 

Ousmane Dembele, Gavi, Samuel Umtiti, Sergino Dest, Philippe Coutinho and Ez Abde are among the players to have contracted the virus as Barcelona battle the Nou Camp outbreak. 




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