A couple of days ago, Dani Alves told Catalan newspaper Sport that he’d return to Barcelona should the club get in contact and tell them they need him.

That the Brazilian said this to the Catalan media showed he’s up for the challenge of a return, and there’s a good chance that was the whole point of him granting the interview.

Currently a free agent, the 38-year-old hasn’t given up on appearing for Brazil at the next World Cup. He helped them during the Olympics in Tokyo, guiding young players through matches and being a good and calming influence in the dressing room.

Sport now suggest that Alves could do the same at Barcelona. In a time of trouble, and endless off the pitch issues, the veteran could breathe new life into the club’s squad and help guide young fullbacks already there.

As far as Sport have it, Alves isn’t looking for a big final pay-day, instead he’s prioritising the sporting aspect, and that means he will ‘not endanger’ Barcelona’s wage structure or add extra economic issues, should he arrive in the January window.