Manchester City have been dealt a huge transfer blow as Dani Alves has joined Paris Saint-Germain.
The Brazilian has been widely expected to join the Blues this summer, and that speculation only increased after it was announced that Juventus had agreed to terminate the full back’s contract.
The move to Manchester City would have seen him link up with his former coach at Barcelona, and now Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola. Alves had recently described the Catataln manager as a “genius“, prompting the reports of the pair reuniting together in Manchester.
However reports in recent days have suggested that French club Paris Saint-Germain had taken a shock lead in the race to sign Alves, reports that today have turned out to be correct.
The Ligue 1 runners up have confirmed they have completed the signing of the 34-year-old on a two year deal. Despite City being willing to offer a two year-deal also, they were not prepared to match the reported £230,000-a-week that has been agreed with the French club.
Upon joining, Alves said:
“Believe me, I am coming to Paris to win,”
“In recent years, I have been able to gauge the incredible growth of this club, which has become a European football powerhouse. It’s very exciting to now be part of this great project.”
Manchester City are believed to be interested in Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker, who has been valued at £50m by the London club.
City have been so far unwilling to meet that asking price, but this latest disappointment could force them to have to splash the cash or look at other alternatives to fill their right back slot.
Pep Guardiola currently has no recognised first choice right backs after allowing Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta to leave the club at the end of last season.