L’Equipe have claimed that the Ligue 1 champions are desperate to sign the Brazil international, and could attempt to make a move within the next two weeks.
However, the Catalan club are reluctant to sell to a European rival - and, further complicating matters, relations between the clubs have soured since Barca's failed attempt to sign Thiago Silva.
However, Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho could be a target for Barcelona - and could, therefore, become part of a PSG offer for Alves.
The Blaugrana have been heavily linked with David Luiz and Daniel Agger in recent weeks, and Sport have added the 23-year-old PSG man to the list .
The France international is said to have become disillusioned in the capital and wants a move away from the Ligue 1 champions.
Esteban Granero’s proposed move from Queens Park Rangers to Real Sociedad could be completed this week.
Terra claim that the midfielder will take a dramatic wage reduction in order to join La Real this summer.
The 26-year-old currently earns €2.7m (£2.3m) per season at the west London club, a figure far beyond the reach of the Anoeta team.
However, the former Real Madrid man is keen to play for Jagoba Arrasate’s men, and is willing to take a pay cut to ensure the move goes through.
La Real would like to take Granero on loan for the season, with an option to buy, but manager Harry Redknapp wants to sell the Spain U21 international outright.
Atletico Madrid are set to sign Deportivo goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia, pending a medical.
The capital club had all-but agreed to bring in Getafe man Migual Angel Moya, but with the Azulones failing to sign a replacement, Diego Simeone’s men have turned to the 33-year-old Turcos shot-stopper.
Aranzubia will travel to Madrid later today to undergo a medical, before putting pen-to-paper on a deal.
The veteran will become deputy to Chelsea loanee Thibaut Courtois.