After weeks of speculation, Manchester City are closing in on signing a full-back according to reports.
According to a report in the Guardian, Manchester City are closing in on the signing of Juventus right-back Dani Alves for a small fee of around £5m.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is thought to want to sign Tottenham and England right-back Kyle Walker, but have struggled to agree a fee with the notoriously tough negotiator Daniel Levy. Tottenham are demanding £40m for Walker, who is seeking an improvement on his £70,000-a-week wages and saw himself dropped from the Spurs starting lineup towards the back end of last season.
This has seen the former Barcelona boss look elsewhere and has identified former Barcelona full back Dani Alves as a target. Despite being 34-years-old, the Brazilian is still one of the best full-backs in the world, helping Juventus to the Champions League final.
He recently described Guardiola as a genius:
“If you turn the word ‘computer’ backwards, it spells ‘Steve Jobs’. If you turn the word ‘football’ backwards, it spells ‘Pep’. He is a genius. I’ll say it again. A genius.”
Juventus have indicated that a bid of around £5m would be enough to sign Alves, who has just one-year remaining on his contract with the Serie A champions.