Alves set for $8.8m move as Guardiola rebuilds City wall

Posted June 20, 2017

Manchester City are in the process of hammering out a fee with Juventus for Dani Alves after agreeing terms with the player.

With Alves and Guardiola sharing a close relationship from their Barcelona days and City pushing for a total-football revolution, the move comes as no surprise.

The Belgian played by PFA rules and didn't choose any City players - and it was Tottenham stars who featured most prominently in the absence of his Blues teammates.

Earning a century of caps for the national team and appearing in two FIFA World Cups, the Brazilian would bring much-needed know-how and composure to the City squad.

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A move for Tottenham's Kyle Walker has failed to reach a breakthrough, with the London club holding out for a fee in excess of £40 million (S$70.7 million) for the England worldwide.

The Brazil worldwide right-back may be 34 year of age, but the former Sevilla is still at the top of his game and was a massive success at Juventus during the 2016-17 season.

After eight years with Barcelona - where he won six La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues amongst other trophies - Alves left on a free in the summer of 2016 to join Juventus.

Alves enjoyed a splendid debut campaign with the Bianconeri, racking up 6 goals and 6 assists in all competitions, but has seemingly set his heart on a new challenge, with the Premier League his most likely destination.

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"He is a genius".

'I wish you the best and hope to spend time together again soon.

That leaves the inexperienced Pablo Maffeo in that position, with Alves and Tottenham's Kyle Walker identified as leading targets. "Pep would tell you exactly how everything was going to happen in a match before it even happened", he wrote in the Players Tribune last month.

Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent.

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