Dani Alves is headed to PSG after weeks of speculation had his move to Manchester City as a foregone conclusion.
Instead of a reunion with Pep Guardiola, who coached him at Barcelona, the Brazilian right back is headed for the French capital on a two-year deal. PSG maintains its European ambitions, despite coming off a season in which it fell off the Ligue 1 mountaintop and was on the wrong side of history in Barcelona’s epic Champions League comeback. In Alves, it adds an experienced winner, one who has garnered 33 trophies on the club level at Bahia, Sevilla, Barcelona and Juventus.
The move is certainly a setback for Manchester City, which is in the process of remaking its back line and had sights set on Alves, who starred for Juventus and helped the club win Serie A again and reach the Champions League final. Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna are among the fullbacks off-loaded by the club this summer, though it is reportedly hoping to sign Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy and Tottenham’s Kyle Walker as well.
In the meantime, Alves is headed to Paris, joining fellow South American stars Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria.