Alves is a free agent after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain came to an end.

He has been strongly linked with Manchester City to link up with Pep Guardiola again having worked with him at Barcelona.

However, transfer expert Duncan Castles claims Tottenham are interested in taking the 36-year-old and that they have already opened talks.

“He has a long-held ambition to play in the Premier League and I understand that there’s been contact with Tottenham Hotspur about the possibility of Dani moving there,” he told the Transfer Window podcast.

Spurs have already broken their transfer record this summer with the signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for £53.8million.

Signing a player of Alves’s age would go against their normal transfer policy but he remains the most highly-rated right-backs in world football.

Castles also claimed they are looking for replacements for Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier who are free to leave in the transfer window

That would leave Kyle Walker-Peters as manager Mauricio Pochettino’s only recognised full-back and he could benefit from a year as play understudy to Alves as he comes towards the end of his career.

Dani Alves and Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly keen to sign Dani Alves (Image: GETTY)

“It would be a strange addition for Tottenham given that he is a club that is focussed on younger players, players whose value will increase, players they can get on reasonably cheap salaries,” Castles added.

“But, bear in mind that Tottenham are looking to change things because of Mauricio Pochettino with demands to take the club to another level this summer.

“They’ve already put a record transfer fee down for Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon, they have other significant targets in mind.

“They’ve made a big bid for Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis but not that met that club’s asking price as yet.

Alves

Alves is a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain (Image: GETTY)

Pep Guardiola

Alves has been linked with a move to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City (Image: GETTY)

“They are also trying to ship players out. Two of the players who have formally been placed on the market are Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier.

“Both are right-backs, they have a young right-back in their squad, but if they move on both off those players you could see them needing an experienced figure there.

“You then suddenly, because of PSG’s decision, have the option to recruit one of the best player in European football for the position.”


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