Brazilian defender Dani Alves is close to joining Manchester City from Serie A champions, Juventus. The 34-year-old right-back is already in talks with parent club Juventus regarding the possibility of releasing him from his contract to join the hopeful Premier League champions.
Catalan publication Mundo Deportivo broke the exclusive regarding Alves moving to Manchester on Saturday while various other reputable sources have soon followed suit.
Today, Sky Italia transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio confirmed Alves’ representatives held talks with Juventus CEO, Giuseppe Morata, regarding him departing on a free transfer.
City would need to fend off interest from Chelsea says Di Marzio, but it’s unlikely Alves would opt for the London outfit due to his past relationship with Guardiola.
Alves played under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona between 2008-2012 where the duo won 12 major honours in the Catalan’s club most dominating era ever. The Brazil international opted for a move to Turin last summer after running down his contract at former club, Barcelona.
Juventus’ notoriously reliable transfer expert, Roman Agresti, confirmed Alves had consented to a move to the Etihad Stadium once negotiations with Juventus took place.
— Romeo Agresti (@romeoagresti) June 17, 2017
Speaking to Brazilian television last week, Alves confirmed his desire to one day play in the Premier League despite nearing retirement age.
“Last year I turned down many offers from the Premier League because I felt I had to go to Serie A,” Alves said.
“There is a great defensive culture, and to go and play in England you have to know how to defend well. I hope that one day I will go there.”
When asked if a move to England could happen soon, Alves responded: “Who knows? We’ll see.”
A move to Manchester is seemingly edging nearer to completion. Despite his age, it’s difficult to deny Alves’ ability would see him become a star in the English game.