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Dani Alves snubs Manchester City to join Paris Saint-Germain

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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.”

 

Dani Alves expresses intent to leave Juventus

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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.

Champions League: Higuain brace puts Juventus in control

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Gonzalo Higuain scored two goals for Juventus away against Monaco, placing the Italian champions in the driving seat of their Champions League semi-final encounter.

However, it was Monaco who started the game on the front foot.

Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon, who said before the game that his team’s experience would be their key for victory, had to gather a header and put in a low stop to keep out 18-year-old Kevin Mbappe just inside 10 minutes.

But as the Italian champions sat deep for long spells, they prevented the Ligue 1 leaders from scoring at home for the first time since November 2015.

And with a flowing move, Higuain ruthlessly finished a counterattack move that started with a short throw from Buffon himself on 29 minutes.

Dani Alves, whose infield pass to Higuain contributed the first, found Higuain free again with a superb back-heel with perfect timing, and the Argentinian sweep the ball home for a first-time finish on the hour.

Alves’s delivery for the second was inch perfect and in creating both goals he now has six assists in the competition, one more than his best tally of five with FC Barcelona in 2007-08 and 2010-11.

With Monaco’s youthful free-scoring offense kept at bay, Juventus demonstrated their experience through organized defensive work which ushers a ninth Juve clean sheet for Buffon in 11 Champions League matches this season, in what his record-equalling 100th Champions League appearance.