Dani Alves linked with Pep Guardiola reunion


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Veteran full-back Dani Alves has been touted for a summer move to Manchester City to link up with former boss Pep Guardiola.

Alves and Guardiola enjoyed a glittering spell together at Barcelona previously and the 34-year-old Brazilian could be set to join his former boss at the Etihad Stadium next season, according to widespread media reports.

Guardiola knows Alves well having brought the Brazil international to Barcelona from Sevilla for £23m in 2008.

The City boss is in the hunt for defensive reinforcements after the club released out-of-contract duo Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna at the end of last season.

Alves left Barcelona last summer and enjoyed a fine season with Juventus. The veteran particularly excelled in Europe, where the Italian giants went all the way to the Champions League final before losing to Real Madrid in Cardiff earlier this month.

Guardiola has also been linked with Tottenham and England’s Kyle Walker but is understood to be considering whether to bid for Alves as a short-term option. According to reports, Juventus would be seeking around £5m for the attacking full-back.

During their time together in Spain, Guardiola and Alves helped Barcelona to win three La Liga titles, two Spanish Cups and two Champions Leagues together before Guardiola left Camp Nou in 2012.

Defensive woes were one of the undermining factors during Guardiola’s maiden season in English football, as City failed to muster a sustained title challenge before eventually finishing third behind Chelsea and Tottenham.

Guardiola is expected to bring in significant reinforcements this summer. Manchester City are the 3.00 favourites to be Premier League champions in 2017/18.

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