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Alves spent eight years at the Blaugrana, winning six La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues and four Copa Del Reys before leaving in 2016.
The Brazilian is a free agent having recently had his contract at Sao Paulo terminated due to a dispute over unpaid image rights.
And he's been very vocal about his desire to head back to Barca, saying, "If Barca think they need me all they need to do is call".
Barca president Joan Laporta talked about Alves in the official unveiling for Xavi and UOL had said both parties were to hold talks this week.
However, Esport 3, via The Sun, say that Alves may not be able to seal a second switch to the Nou Camp because La Liga are slated to refuse the deal.
Barca's arrangement was supposedly going to be just one euro but La Liga chiefs are expected to deny that proposal from the cash-strapped Catalans.
MARCA, meanwhile, say Xavi is not interested in signing his former teammate and wants to focus on the young players at the Blaugrana.
He also already has Sergino Dest and Sergi Roberto competing for the right-back berth.
Alves made 391 appearances and won 23 trophies during his time at Barcelona after arriving from Sevilla in 2008 and went on to cement his place as one of the best full-backs of all-time.
He continued to add trophies to his collection in his post-Barcelona career with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, before winning a 42nd title with Sao Paulo in May.
In the summer, he made history in becoming the oldest player to win a medal when he helped Brazil claim gold at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
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