Manchester City’s search for help at the full back position seems to have led them to Turin and a move for Juventus‘ right back Dani Alves.
The Brazilian has apparently been given the go-ahead on a potential transfer to City to reunite with his former Barcelona Boss Pep Guardiola.
A reported fee of 5.7 million euros is being talked about as a potential transfer fee. According to The Guardian the Brazilian international has already agreed to personal terms with Manchester City in principle after the Manchester club decided against chasing down Kyle Walker who would cost the club eight times the fee of Alves.
Alves just signed for the Bianconeri last summer on a free transfer after spending the previous eight seasons with Barcelona where he and Pep created a bond that has not broken with Alves often speaking highly of the coach calling him a genius.
In his lone season with Juventus, Alves contributed 6 goals and 7 assists in 33 appearances in helping Juve win the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia as well as reaching the Champions League Final.
Alves however had a year left on his contract and the Club were not prepared to give the 34 year-old a multi-year extension. Juventus have a history of allowing players to leave when they express a desire to and they won’t stand in the way of Alves reuniting with Pep as long as Manchester City match the fee.
Seemingly from the moment the season ended after Juventus fell to Real Madrid in the Champions League Final, rumours began to swirl about a potential departure for Alves from the Italian Champions.
Fellow English giants Chelsea and Manchester United were also linked to the cultured and swash-buckling fullback but it appears City have moved to the front of the queue for his services due to his past with Pep Guardiola.
Despite his advanced age, Alves proved this past season that he is still World Class. He brings to City his vast experience and championship pedigree not just at the club level but also internationally where Alves has owned the right back position for his native Brazil.
Alves would also provide the Sky Blues with an attacking element from the right back position that the team was sorely lacking last season from the now departed duo of Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna.