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Offline Chippy_Tea

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« on: July 11, 2017, 06:59:44 PM »
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Dani Alves to sign for PSG in huge blow to Man City transfer plans

 Jason Burt, chief football correspondent

11 JULY 2017 • 5:21PM

Paris Saint-Germain are on the verge of signing Dani Alves from under the noses of Manchester City.

The Brazil full-back is in Paris and has completed a medical ahead of an expected two-year deal being announced on Wednesday in what is something of a coup for them.

The development is a dramatic and unexpected blow to City who need to recruit new full-backs with the club having let Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy go after their contracts expired.

City had been in pole position to sign Alves after the 34-year-old took up the option in his contract to terminate his deal with Juventus, making him available on a free transfer. He played for City manager Pep Guardiola at Barcelona and the pair held talks.

However PSG have moved quickly to hijack the deal as they begin an ambitious recruitment drive this summer with a budget of 220million euros to spend plus whatever they can generate in the transfer market to make a push to win the Champions League next season and regain the French title.

Despite PSG’s interest City had remained confident that Alves would sign for them but there has been a decisive shift to the French club in the past 48 hours. Alves got married to Joana Sanz in a secret wedding in Ibiza on Saturday after which he said he would resolve his future.

The fact PSG have a number of Brazilian players – such as captain Thiago Silva – has helped swing the move in their favour, also.

City have also so far struggled to agree a deal with Monaco for their left-back Benjamin Mendy having had an initial offer rejected as the French champions hold out for £40 million.

City, who fly out on their pre-season tour next Monday, have not given up hope of signing the France international and also remain the favourites to acquire Kyle Walker and are in talks with Tottenham Hotspur for the right-back.

Another possible target is Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand although having missed out on Alves City will now have to consider fresh options at right-back also.




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Re: Dani Alves
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2017, 07:41:54 AM »
Fuck him, can't have been that motivated in the first place to come to us. It will be more money at PSG but not that much more. It wI'll make our other buys harder though.

Offline Cardiff Blue

Re: Dani Alves
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2017, 10:30:10 AM »
To be honest I'm glad about the Dani Alves move and couldn't quite understand why we were releasing 33 year old full backs to replace them with 34 year old ones.

Also if Spurs are asking £50m for Kyle Walker I'd politely decline their offer - £25m. tops.

What's Spurs alternative? To hold on to an unhappy player who wanted to move back north? To hold onto a player for which the Spurs fans may feel a bit miffed about him wanting to leave in the first place? They could try and sell him elsewhere, but to whom? and would Kyle Walker want to go there?

Hold your nerve City.

Offline Chippy_Tea

Re: Dani Alves
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2017, 03:53:42 PM »
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Also if Spurs are asking £50m for Kyle Walker I'd politely decline their offer - £25m. tops.


Mirror reporting - While City were hoping to secure Walker for £40m, Alves's decision to snub is likely to see Spurs increase that figure to £50m, although it is likely a compromise of £45m would see the deal done.

Offline Cardiff Blue

Re: Dani Alves
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2017, 04:08:38 PM »
Just seen the wages Alves is on at PSG - £230K per week on a 2 year contract - good luck to him - nice little earner for a (good) 34 year old who's career is only going one way.

What I don't get is this:

As we haven't signed him we are being mocked by some for missing out on one of our supposed targets.

If we had signed him on £230K a week we'd be slated even further.

Sometimes you just can't win, so bollocks to Alves (who I didn't see the point in us signing anyway) and bollocks to non-Blues.

Offline Moon

Re: Dani Alves
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2017, 10:35:23 PM »
How will he cope on that wage?

Offline SilvasPureGold

Re: Dani Alves
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2017, 09:44:51 AM »
I for one am delighted. This would have been a throwback to the Keegan retirement home era. It also shows his mentality. Clearly after an easy couple of seasons. I would much rather have Ryan Bertrand, who we should now be fighting tooth and nail for. Still need a first class centre back too.

Offline Cardiff Blue

Re: Dani Alves
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2017, 10:13:35 AM »
I for one am delighted. This would have been a throwback to the Keegan retirement home era. It also shows his mentality. Clearly after an easy couple of seasons. I would much rather have Ryan Bertrand, who we should now be fighting tooth and nail for. Still need a first class centre back too.

Agree 100%

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Re: Dani Alves
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2017, 07:14:05 AM »
I for one am delighted. This would have been a throwback to the Keegan retirement home era. It also shows his mentality. Clearly after an easy couple of seasons. I would much rather have Ryan Bertrand, who we should now be fighting tooth and nail for. Still need a first class centre back too.
Spot on