- Dani Alves has asked to leave Juventus for free amid interest from English clubs
- The 34-year-old wants to be reunited with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City
- Chelsea want to hold talks with Alves but his mind is set on a move to the Etihad
- City have a long-term interest in right backs Kyle Walker and Hector Bellerin
Dani Alves is ready to agree a two-year deal with Manchester City once he resolves his departure from Juventus.
Chelsea also plan to speak to the Brazilian’s representatives but his mind is set on a reunion with his former coach Pep Guardiola.
The 34-year-old’s agents held talks with Juventus in Turin on Monday about cancelling his contract by mutual consent to enable him to leave on a free transfer.
Juventus defender Dani Alves wants to be reunited with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City
Alves and Guardiola enjoyed a successful spell at Barcelona, winning a number of trophies
Juve had initially discussed a £5million fee for the defender as he has one year left on his contract, but he now hopes to leave for nothing.
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 helped Juventus win the Serie A title during his first season but he is now set to leave
Manchester City remain keen on a deal for Tottenham and England defender Kyle Walker
However, in 2014 Alves admitted that he didn’t realise City existed until around 2009.
‘I didn’t realise until about five years ago that Manchester had two teams’ he said.
‘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.’