Dani Alves drops City for Paris

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Paris Saint-Germain have announced the signature of Brazil right-back Dani Alves from Juventus despite the strong interest of Manchester City. He arrives in the French capital as a free agent on a two-year deal.

Despite the fact that negotiations with Manchester City were reportedly at an advanced stage, Brazil right-back Dani Alves, 34, chose to make the move to Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal that will see him earn a reported €7m plus bonuses per year.

'We will share some great moments!'

"I'm extremely happy to sign with Paris Saint-Germain," said Daniel Alves, considered the best right-back of his generation, after inking the deal. "These last few years, I watched from the outside as this club grew incredibly and it's really exciting to become a part of the great project here. At every club I have played for, I have always given my all to help the team go as far as possible. I can't wait to start this new adventure with Paris Saint-Germain, where I already have a number of friends. I know how ambitious my new club is and what the expectations of its fans around the world are. We will share some great moments, I'm sure of it!"

The veteran defender, who has two UEFA Cups (with FC Sevilla) and three UEFA Champions League titles (with FC Barcelona) to his name among many other honours, may be reaching the end of his career but the capital club feels that his vast experience - 654 league matches (42 goals, 138 assists) plus 100 caps (seven goals) for Brazil - is worth the investment as the club looks to take a further step on the European stage.

Man for the job

Alves made just 19 league appearances for Juventus last season, but appeared 12 times in the Champions League as the Turin giants made it all the way to the final, and doubtless Paris Saint-Germain will be looking for the veteran to repeat this performance as they try to make it to the semi-finals or further after knocking heavily on the door over the past few seasons.

Alves is likely to share league duties with Belgium right-back Thomas Meunier, while Côte d'Ivoire international Serge Aurier is rumoured to be on the way out of the club this summer. Alves, Paris Saint-Germain's second signing of the summer after Spanish left-back Yuri Berchiche, will have the number 32 jersey formerly worn by the likes of David Beckham and David Luiz.


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