According to reports out of Brazil yesterday, Dani Alves is still waiting on some technicalities to first free himself from Juventus and then sign with Manchester City.
As per Goal’s Bruno Andrade, Juventus have yet to officially cancel the remaining year on the right back’s contract, which will allow him to move on a free transfer to City where he will be reunited with his former Barcelona boss, Pep Guardiola. A medical is apparently scheduled only for next week at this point, though surely that’s just a formality after the 34-year-old agreed terms on a two-year deal.
The interesting side-note to this is that apparently Alves rejected €2m more from Chelsea to make his reunion happen, even though the Blues were also offering a two-year contract — Chelsea’s long-standing policy of only offering one-year contracts to players 30 and over has never truly been tested by a new signing, as it’s only ever been applied visibly in contract extensions.
City are set to pay €5m per year. Chelsea were willing to go up to €7m, though Alves probably has a cleared path to the first-team up in Manchester.
(That does leave Chelsea still in need of some proper depth and reinforcement at right wing-back, where we only have the emergency defensive option of César Azpilicueta at the moment — which weakens the back three a fair amount at the same time — and a couple long-shots from the youth like Ola Aina or Todd Kane.)