Dani Alves has been tipped to make a summer move to Manchester City, where he would be reunited with his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.
During their time together at the Camp Nou, Alves helped Guardiola’s side win three La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey’s, and two UEFA Champions Leagues. The Spaniard went on to successfully coach Bayern Munich to three Bundesliga titles and two DFB-Pokal’s, whilst the Brazilian fullback won another three league titles, two Copa del Rey’s and another Champions League with Barca.
Alves left Catalonia when his contract expired in the summer of 2016 and last season helped Juventus win the Serie A title and Coppa Italia, and also played a key role in the Bianconeri reaching the Champions League final where they lost to Real Madrid. Guardiola, meanwhile, endured a difficult debut season in England, ending a campaign trophyless for the first time in his managerial career.
The 46-year-old will now spend the summer reshaping his squad, and has already spent heavily on Bernardo Silva and Ederson. It is certain there will be other arrivals too, and widespread reports claim he is on the verge of adding Alves to his plans. This would help compensate for the departures of Pablo Zabaleta, who has joined West Ham United, and out contract duo Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna.
It is believed Alves – who has made no secret of his admiration for Guardiola, whom he refers to as a genius – has already agreed personal terms on a two-year contract at the Etihad Stadium. All that remains now is for the two clubs to agree a transfer fee for the 34-year-old, with some sources claiming this has also progressed quickly with a figure of just under £5million likely.