Juventus have announced that right back Dani Alves will be released from his current deal, further making way for Premier League club Manchester City to acquire the services of the former Barcelona defender. The Brazilian had one more year remaining on a two-year deal with the Italian powerhouses but Juve chief executive Beppe Marotta said they have mutually agreed to part ways.
City boss Pep Guardiola is interested in reuniting with Alves, who he managed while he was at Barcelona from 2008-2012 and now discussions between City and Alves’ representatives can commence.
“We are not talking about a breakdown in the relationship, it is motivation that is fundamental for players. Alves has realised he has a desire to try a new experience, so we are trying to reach a mutual termination of his contract and we wish him good luck. There is certainly sadness because of what has been said, but I can confirm there has been no breakdown in our relationship.” Marotta told Tuttosport.
2016-17 Premier League champions Chelsea, along with the Manchester club, have also been linked with a move for Alves, but the 34-year-old is expected to opt to work with Guardiola, a coach he has lauded in the past.
Furthermore, Alves maybe joined by Tottenham right back Kyle Walker at Manchester City, however, no concrete agreement has been reached between City and the England right back.