Pep Guardiola is not ruling out a second Manchester City approach for football’s most decorated player, Dani Alves.
The pair had previously worked together at Barcelona and were close to being reunited in 2017 but the Brazilian right-back opted for Paris Saint-Germain instead.
Alves, following a trophy-laden spell in Paris, finds himself as a free agent and despite turning 36 in May, doesn’t feel the need to call time on an illustrious playing career just yet.
Since joining Sevilla from boyhood club Esporte Clube Bahia, he’s established himself as one of world football’s pre-eminent full-backs, winning 40 career titles to date. That reputation greatly enhanced during an eight-year period in Barcelona, who he initially joined under Guardiola.
Those days, which began with a historic first treble, remain close to Guardiola’s heart. City, who are chasing a third successive Premier League title as well as harbouring Champions League ambitions, have already been active in this summer’s transfer market.
The powers that be at the Etihad Stadium made ex-Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri their most expensive acquisition when they activated his £62.8m release clause. He’s been joined by former academy graduate Angeliño, who returned from PSV Eindhoven.
Guardiola, determined to strengthen his squad, is not dismissing the possibility of bringing Alves to England.
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“All the important clubs in the world know his situation and the incredible player he is,” he told reporters.
“He is an extraordinary person, but we have two incredible full-backs. So, that is what it is.”
Could a reunion be on the cards? Five key things to know…
- Alves and Guardiola previously worked together at Barcelona.
- He would play 208 times under Guardiola, only Lionel Messi (219) featured more.
- Since parting ways, Alves has represented Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
- To date, Alves has lifted nine league titles across three of Europe’s top five divisions.
- He’s currently a free agent with former clubs Barça and Juve recently linked.