Ok guys, honestly it makes me sad i even have to make this thread, but as the situation is, we doesnt seem to value the best right back in the world, and if we dont improve our offer, he will indeed leave. It would be a huge loss, Dani has been immense for us every single game since he came from Sevilla, yes he might be a little greedy, but he is worthy of same payment as Puyol, Pique at the least. Anyway, the way things look at the moment, and if things do go the way i fear, Dani will be walking out of Camp Nou come summer 2011.
I for one, like to look towards the future and imagine a Barca without the charismatic brazilian. Dani cannot be replaced, he is the best at what he does, ther is NOT another Dani out there at the moment. But, there are a few guys that might be able to grow, and perhaps over time be a suitible replacement.
Imo here are the prime candidates:
Gregory van der Wiel, 22, Ajax.
This kid got talent, you all saw him in the World Cup, he is still very young, but i can see this guy turning into a world class right back come the next few years, question is, does Barca have time to let him develop?
Bacary Sagna, 27, Arsenal.
Underrated right back, will definately run as much as Dani, lay down immense miles every game for the Gunners, and he also has a strong physical presence, perhaps even a tight stronger than Dani defensively. But, he wont come cheap, Wenger will demand shitloads. And as we know, Barca are poor right now.
Rafael Pereira da Silva, 20, Manchester United.
An absolute wonderkid, already Sir Alex first choice on right back despite his young age. Will be literaly impossible to lure him away from Manchester tho, where his twin brother also plays. Perhaps the only one of the candidates that can truly replace Dani over time imo, but he does have anger management issues, as he always gets silly red cards.
Philipp Lahm, 27, Bayern Munich.
We all know him, Lahm has been around forever and still havent past his 30's, hes played his entire career so far in Germany and i think he is dying to go abroad. Quick, agile, solid with both left and right foot. The most likely replacement imo.
Adriano Correia, 26, Barcalona.
Still havent got a real chance to showcase his abilities with our team, at his best i know he can be impressive, as back in his Sevilla days, question is can he take another step up and truly replace Dani?
Well there you have it, feel free to suggest other candidates and share your oppinions on the ones already mentioned.
A Barcelona without Dani Alves is fast approaching