Connect in the back of the net

Juventus have released a statement confirming the exit of defender Dani Alves.

The announcement- made by the club’s Chief Executive Beppe Marotta during a press briefing on Wednesday – all but confirms the Brazilian’s desire to reunite with his former boss at Manchester City.

Alves had previously spent eight years at Barcelona before joining the Old Lady last summer on a Bosman transfer. As such, his departure from Turin is by mutual consent, as he still had a year left on his current contract with the Italian champions.

The 34-year old had an efficacious yearlong stay with the Bianconeri, as he won the domestic double of the Coppa Italia and Serie A titles; whilst also featuring in the 4-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

 

Fancied reunion with Pep

He may neither be a budding talent nor a long-term prospect, but Dani Alves seems a decent buy for Manchester City.

A feisty defender with ice water in his veins and an overriding ambition to win, the right-back offers exactly what the Citizens need.

One of Guardiola’s assignments soon after taking over the helm of power at the Nou Camp was to sign Alves from Sevilla, which is why the two have maintained a close working relationship.

Alves is the kind of player that would run through a brick wall for Guardiola, unless he’s placing a bet on Cash Farm, the measure of attitude and approach the Manchester City boss demands, as he looks to revamp his charges into a title winning side.

 

Void to fill

Dani Alves will face the tough assignment of solidifying the back while initiating offensive moves from the wings, as City look to come back into the reckoning after a lackluster 2016/17 season that saw them finish without a trophy – a first for Pep Guardiola in his illustrious career.

The cherry on the cake is Manchester City are in desperate need of a right-back having released Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna whose contracts expired at the close of last season.

For the Brazilian to abdicate his position at Juventus with a year left on his contract, he had to be assured of an immediate place in the starting berth.

 

Proven winner

Dani Alves has had a trophy laden career for clubs and country.

Save for the cup double on his debut season with Juventus, the defender won a whooping 23 trophies during his time with Barcelona; coupled with a Copa America and two Confederations Cup titles for Brazil’s national team.

His style of play is shoehorned for the Premier League, which the more makes his maiden season at the Etihad something to look forward to.

 

Written by Brian Humphrey

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