Dani Alves asks to be released on a free from Juventus

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Juventus have discussed terminating the contract of Dani Alves by mutual consent. 

The 34-year-old’s representatives have held talks with Manchester City over a potential move while Chelsea have also been sounded out.

Juventus had initially discussed a £5million fee for the Brazil right-back as he has one year left on contract but talks in Turin on Monday centred around cutting short their agreement allowing Alves to leave on a free transfer. 

Dani Alves looks set to join Manchester City from Juventus this summer

Dani Alves looks set to join Manchester City from Juventus this summer

The 34-year-old is still considered one of the best right backs in the world and will look to fill a space left by Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna, both of whom have been released.

He will, however, likely be considered a short-term option with Guardiola maintaining a long-term interest in Tottenham star Kyle Walker and Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin.

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.

Alves enjoyed incredible success at Barcelona

The Brazilian maintained his form at Juventus

The Brazilian right-back has been a world-class performer for Barcelona and the Italians

But rewind to 2009, when Manchester City were just starting to make their way into the upper echelons of the Premier League following a takeover, and Alves had no idea the club existed.

Speaking in 2014, he admitted:  ‘I didn’t realise until about five years ago that Manchester had two teams. 

‘Of course Manchester United have been one of the most famous and successful clubs in Europe for many years – but I thought they were the only one.’

‘When Manchester City got new owners and started buying some of the best players in Europe everybody knew who they were – but until then I must be honest I didn’t know about them.’

Those words are likely to be repeated to him if and when he does join Manchester City, but they are certainly not the only comments that may come back to haunt him.  

Pep Guardiola is keen to reunite with Alves at Manchester City as he revolutionises his team

Pep Guardiola is keen to reunite with Alves at Manchester City as he revolutionises his team

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