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TURIN, ITALY - MAY 9: Dani Alves of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League semi final second leg match between Juventus Turin and AS Monaco at Juventus Stadium on May 9, 2017 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

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.

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Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena

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