Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will look to link up with one of his old players next season, with Dani Alves said to have agreed a contract ‘in principle’ with the Citizens.
According to The Guardian, the Juventus defender will be offered a two-year deal and will be bought out of the final year of his contract at the Turin outfit with a £5 million fee.
Alves has a long and distinguished history working under Guardiola having won three of his six La Liga titles while under the tutelage of the 46-year-old. He also won the Champions League twice while the man he describes as a ‘genius’ was in the Camp Nou hot seat.
Suggesting success will also come the pair’s way should Alves swap the Serie A for the Premier League would be quite a leap to make but having a defender as experienced and as used to winning games as the 100-cap Brazilian certainly won’t hurt.
The 34-year-old this term won the Italian double and even helped the Old Lady to the Champions League final, where Juve would eventually lose 4-1 to Real Madrid.
With a couple more years of top level football left within Alves, this could be a smart move for everyone involved.
Other, more long-term, options for City such as Kyle Walker also look to be cooling, with the aforementioned report explaining talks have come to a stalemate between City and Tottenham as the north Londoners hope to net £4o million from any sale.
A saving of £35 million on a player of Alves’ stature seems, then, like a clever piece of business.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena