Former Juventus and FC Barcelona defender Dani Alves has agreed to join Paris-Saint Germain on a two-year deal despite an agreement in principle to join Manchester City.
The Ligue 1 runners-up were able to Alves to join them and are believed to have offered significantly more money than City, with his move set to be announced at a press conference in Paris on Wednesday.
This development could hampers the efforts made by City coach Pep Guardiola to overhaul his current squad especially in their back-line, a weakness ruthlessly exposed and exploited last season.
Furthermore, Guardiola also desires Alves’s presence not only for his ability on the pitch but also his leadership off it, since the pair had worked together at Barcelona for four years and the manager knows the positive impact the player can have on team-mates.
It can also be surmised that Alves’s experience is deeply needed for the Manchester squad after they released long-serving veterans in Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna.
Alves had just joined Juventus last summer after eight years at Barcelona and contributed significantly to the team’s progress to the Champions League final, where they lost to Real Madrid. In the 4-1 aggregate semi-final win against Monaco Alves created three of Juventus’ four goals and scored the other.
Meanwhile, Jason Denayer has has accused City of “vetoing” a loan move to Lyon and making it difficult for clubs to buy him by demanding an unreasonable price or buy-back clause.
Denayer, 22, joined City in summer 2013 but has never played for the first team. While he technically remains a City player, he has been loaned to Celtic, Galatasaray and Sunderland, making his situation at City a frustrating one.
“Manchester City are not keen on selling me, or only for unreasonable terms for potential buyers: a buy-back clause for almost the same price as the selling price,” he said in an interview. “That means clubs aren’t keen on signing me permanently and prefer to take me on loan. I’ve nothing against a new loan deal but I want to chose my destination.”