Brazilian star Dani Alves is close to sealing a move to Manchester City, and he could be the first of FOUR new full-backs arriving at the club.
Pep Guardiola has made it clear to his bosses that the full-back area was a huge problem in his squad, and he did not just one on each side, but two.
With that, a deal for Alves is close to being finalised, whilst they are also set to push on to try and finalise moves for Tottenham’s Kyle Walker, Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy and Ryan Bertrand of Southampton.
34-year-old Alves played a major part in Juventus’ successes last season, having joined from Barcelona last summer – but he is now keen to try his luck in England and the Italian champions are ready to agree to let him leave.
City sources have confirmed that personal terms have been agreed with Alves, who will sign a two-year deal with the club and is set to become their third new signing of the summer, following Benfica goalkeeper Ederson and Monaco’s Bernardo Silva into the club.
Bookmakers are also pretty certain that Alves will soon be confirmed as a City player, with SkyBet offering 1/4 on him to be with City next season.
We spoke City Watch – leading independent Manchester City website – about the prospect of Alves coming in
“Dani Alves won’t cost City a penny in transfer fees but could prove to be Pep Guardiola’s shrewdest buy in an expensive summer,” they told us.
“City had a big problem in the full-back areas last season, one of the big contributors to an underwhelming season, and that is why Pep is overhauling the left-back and right-back positions this summer. Alves will be joined by Kyle Walker if City can strike a deal with Spurs, but his experience will be crucial both domestically and particularly in Europe, where City continue to fall short.
“Walker and Alves could be joined by Benjamin Mendy and Ryan Bertrand on the opposite flank if Txiki Begiristain can land all of Pep’s primary targets, and after four worn out full-backs, this quartet would really add something new to the City side.”