Man Utd go for £25M Daniel Alves

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The News of the World says United spies were in Spain earlier this month to see the Sevilla star play a blinder in the 2-0 win over Villarreal.

Now United boss Sir Alex Ferguson hopes to persuade the buccaneering right-back to snub rivals Chelsea and Barcelona in favour of Old Trafford.

Alves, 24, was denied a move to Stamford Bridge last summer but is adamant he will leave Sevilla this summer.

He said: "I was upset when Sevilla turned down the Chelsea offer.

"I wouldn't wish the disappointment I felt on anyone. It was very hard.

"But if I leave this summer and get a deal which makes me as happy then perhaps it was not a disaster. I know Barca, Real Madrid, Chelsea and United want me and I'd be honoured to go to any of them.

"The key thing is I move to develop my career and that I keep on winning trophies."

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