Italian champions Juventus’ CEO, Giuseppe Marotta, has confirmed that veteran right-back Dani Alves will depart from the club this summer.
The defender enjoyed a fruitful season with the Old Lady of Turin and put in some consistent performances throughout the season. But now, he looks set to leave, and it is thought that Juve will go in for United right-back Matteo Darmian to fill the void.
Alves is said to be interested in playing under former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Despite signing a two-year deal with the Italian powerhouse, the Brazilian is keen to seek a new challenge and the Premier League excites him the most.
Juventus club’s chief stated that he’s been freed from his contract at the Juventus Stadium.
“It is not failure, motivation is important for a player,” Marotta told Tutto Juve.
He also added that the club has wished him well as the former Catalan seeks alternative experience.
“Dani Alves has made you want to try an alternative experience, we will make a consensual resolution, and we wish him luck.”
Alves could be the 3rd major signing for City. Pep’s side have already bought Monaco’s Bernard Silva and goalkeeper Ederson Moraes from Benfica.
After a summer haul of players, Pep is said to be getting the transfers done quickly so that the team can prepare for the pre-season. With Alves set to join, the Citizens look to hire more firepower in their defensive ranks.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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