Dani Alves has expressed his intention to leave Juventus amidst interest from Manchester City and Pep Guardiola.
The Brazilian’s agent had a meeting with Juventus officials and made the club aware of his client’s desire to move on, and are currently waiting for approval from the Italian champions to begin negotiations with City.
Discussions are also planned with Chelsea but Alves’s preference is to move to the Etihad Stadium, as the defender is understood to be keen to link up there with Pep Guardiola, whom he had worked together with at FC Barcelona.
Alves, 34, was a part of the team that secured three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues during Guardiola’s four years in charge Barca between 2008 and 2012.
He also remains full of admiration for the 46-year-old, something that was made clear in an article he wrote for the Players’ Tribune website in the buildup to the Champions League final this month.
“If you turn the word ‘computer’ backwards, it spells ‘Steve Jobs’. If you turn the word ‘football’ backwards, it spells ‘Pep’,” Alves wrote. “He is a genius. I’ll say it again. A genius.”
At present, Alves has one year remaining on his contract at Juventus having moved there from Barcelona on a free transfer last summer. Many believed his time at the club had come to a premature end when he initially struggled to make an impact in Turin and last November sustained a broken leg in a defeat at Genoa.
But Alves was able to recover quickly, and went on to excel for Massimiliano Allegri’s side, proving an important figure in their clinching of another Serie A title and run to the Champions League final before stopped short by defending champions Real Madrid.
For their part, City believe that a bid of around £5m may be sufficient to secure a transfer and should they sign Alves it would be the club’s third acquisition of the summer, following on from that of Bernardo Silva from Monaco and Alves’s compatriot, goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica.