Chelsea set to swoop for Barcelona ace Dani Alves
Published 00:00 17/03/09 By By Alan Nixon
Chelsea are ready to make a massive move for Barcelona's Brazilian star Dani Alves as Roman Abramovich flexes his cheque book for a spending spree.
The Blues will be major players in the transfer market this summer and top-level talks are underway to land prime target Alves - at the second attempt.
The 25-year-old attacking right- back quit Sevilla to join Barca in July. Abramovich lost out and was also reluctant to join in an auction that reached £25million for Alves.
But Chelsea's Russian ruler has regained his enthusiasm and has aides working on landing the classy defender.
Sources in Barcelona reveal that both Chelsea and - inevitably - Manchester City have been keen to sound out exactly how 'available' Alves might be and how much he fancies a future in the Premier League.
Insiders close to the South American say he would prefer to relocate to London.
This could be a busy summer at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Bosingwa has had a decent first season but Chelsea are definitely looking at the right-back spot and Alves tops their list.
Barcelona put a £90million price clause in his contract and handed Alves a four-year deal when he joined.
However that security can change if he wants out.
Alves has been a regular in the Barca side as they chase a La Liga-Champions League double, so he will be a tough target to crack.
But Abramovich is back on the scene and ready to take on the big boys again.
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