Dani Alves has signed a two-year deal to join French club Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
The Brazilian right-back was a free agent after Juventus released him from his contract early following one successful season in Italy.
His move comes as a huge surprise to many as the right back was heavily linked with Manchester City. The 34-year-old was said to have been a main target for the club and had met with manager Pep Guardiola, who he worked with for four years at Barcelona, a couple of times.
Guardiola was particularly keen on signing Alves as his team had already lost a lot of experience by releasing several senior players, including right-backs Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna.
It is also understood that City was prepared to offer him a two-year contract, but with less pay – £120,000 as compared to PSG’s £230,000-a-week.
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PSG announced his arrival with a video of Dani Alves printing his name and number on a shirt. The deal was also later confirmed at a press conference in Paris on Wednesday.
Alves becomes the 30th Brazilian to play for the Ligue 1 club and will don the No. 32 shirt following in the footsteps of compatriot David Luiz.
Speaking to the PSG website, Alves said:
“I am extremely pleased to join. In recent years I have been able to watch from outside the tremendous growth of this club, which has become a force in European football. It is very exciting to be a part of this great project.”
“At all the clubs where I’ve played, I’ve always given my best to help my teams go as high as possible. Believe me, I also come to Paris to win. I know the ambitions of my new club and the expectations of its many supporters throughout the world.”
Dani Alves will battle out a starting eleven position with Thomas Meunier and Serge Aurier.