Manchester City appear to have won the race to sign Dani Alves, after reports claimed the veteran defender has agreed a two-year deal with the Premier League giants.
Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio had reported on his website that Alves and his agent had sat down with Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta, to discuss ending his stay in Turin 12 months ahead of schedule, as rumours of an impending move to Manchester City or Chelsea gather pace.
Now those claims have been backed up by Goal, who believe that Alves has shaken hands on a move to Manchester once his contract with Juventus is mutually terminated in the very near future.
Alves is said to be extremely keen to work with Pep Guardiola at City after the pair enjoyed a fruitful four-year relationship together at Barcelona between 2008 and 2012, and the attacking right-back would be something of a coup for the Citizens if he decided to head to the Emirates.
Alves would likely provide competition at full-back with reported City target Kyle Walker, who is also believed to be on Guardiola’s wishlist, as the Spaniard continues to overhaul his first-team squad ahead of next term. City had been expected to pay around £5m for him, but could now land Alves for free instead.
The news will come as a blow to Premier League champions Chelsea, who had hoped to throw a spanner in the works of any potential switch to Manchester, with Antonio Conte also weighing up whether to offer Alves a contract to head to Stamford Bridge.
Alves’ blossoming relationship with Juventus’ fans have soured incredibly quickly since the end of last season.
The Brazil international posted an image on his Instagram account of the boots he wore during Barcelona’s 2015 Champions League triumph over the Serie A champions, and drew criticism for also stating that striker Paulo Dybala needed to I Bianconeri if he wanted to fulfil his vast potential.
The 100-times capped international only completed a transfer to the Juventus Stadium last July after his contract at the Nou Camp ran out, but Alves’ stay in Italy is now pretty much over as he looks to part ways with Massimiliano Allegri’s side.