It is not a secret anymore that the former Bayern Munich gaffer will be penetrating to find a suitable defensive reinforcement, hence, targeting Dani Alves sure makes sense. Furthermore, given how mediocre all of his full backs – Kolarov, Sagna, Clichy and Zabaleta – have been, buying a veteran would certainly be a good move.
The 33-year-old Brazilian international was expected to move to Etihad in the recently concluded winter transfer window, but unfortunately for him, he was ruled out for two months after suffering a broken bone in his lower leg back in November.
The same source further states that Dani Alves stills has a healthy working relationsip with City’s Director of Football Txiki Beguiristain and Pep Guardiola, hence, a deal is very likely to happen.
Furthermore, The Sun reported back in January that Dani Alves was a reported target of three Chinese Clubs and all of them were willing to pay a hefty wage pack of £165,000 a week. City, on the other hand, can surely match the same deal, but given his age, they might not stretch their arms that far.
Alves will turn 34 in May and will enter into the final year of his contract, but the Brazilian international do have a clause that will allow him to extend his stay in Turin for another year.
Right at this very moment, it is fair to say that a big overhaul will take place at Etihad in the coming summer as Pep Guardiola is planning to remould the Citizen according to his plans and Alves might play a colossal duty in that.
Besides the defensive aspect of the field, Independent has reported that Pep Guardiola is ready to rival his former club – Barcelona – and Real Madrid to acquire the signature of Monaco’s 18-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe. The same source further states that Manchester City are willing to pay more than £40 million for him, as the Spanish gaffer is looking further to charge his team for the Champions League triumph.
Monaco, on their part, will look to debt a huge capital should they decide to sell the player in near future. And the amount is expected to be more than that of Martial’s €50 million with other €30 million add-ons.
Mbappe, who had a trial at Chelsea when he was 11 years old, has been in limelight this season and is anticipated to leave Stade Louis II – expect a huge bidding war this summer.