Manchester City are apparently readying a bid to sign experienced full-back Dani Alves from Juventus. City manager Pep Guardiola is keen on signing Alves. The pair had worked together at Barcelona, winning 14 trophies across four seasons.
Dani Alves has had a successful first season at Juventus winning 2 titles and ending up as the runners-up in the UEFA Champions League. Despite all that, his future at Turin remains uncertain.
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be in the running for the Brazillian full back.
According to reports, Manchester City chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, has promised to back Guardiola financially this summer. Hence, Manchester City looks to be the front runners for the 34-year-old as Guardiola looks to set up for next season.
The 34-year-old Brazillian is one of the best full-backs in the world. He has registered 6 goals mustering 6 assists for Juventus in all competitions this season. He has featured 33 times for the Bianconeri this season despite being out for some period with an injury.
Dani Alves is a very competitive defender who doesn’t shy away from making some hard tackles. The Brazillian has averaged around 3 tackles per game and has been booked just 6 times.
He also averages a minimum of 5 defensive actions per game. This is an impressive feat for an attacking full back.
(Stats via Whoscored)
What will he offer to the club ?
Manchester City have been troubled by their defensive woes all season. Guardiola had to use Fernandinho as a make shift right back on several occasions this season.
The signing of Dani Alves will bring a much-needed steel into the leaky City defence. With passing being one of his biggest strength , Alves would the perfect addition for Pep’s possession football.
The 34-year old is by far one of the best crossers in world football. He has the speed and the agility to go on and beat players.
Moreover, he is a hard tackler and provides stability in defence. He can open up defences with his killer passing instincts. Dani Alves is also adept in passing the ball out from the back helping build attacks.
The former Barcelona man has a vast amount of experience in him. He has been a very successful figure and comes with a winner’s mentality.
Furthermore, he offers versatility to the team. He can play anywhere in the midfield as well in addition to being a full back. Consequently , Manchester City will have a marquee player on their books if they are able to snap up the Brazillian superstar.