Dani Alves certain to sign for Juventus on three-year contract as Barcelona also face losing Javier Mascherano to Italian giants
- Dani Alves is on the brink of signing a three-year contract with Juventus
- The Brazilian will bring to an end a glorious eight year spell at Barcelona
- Juventus also want to sign his defensive team-mate Javier Mascherano
- The Italians have spoken to people representing the Argentine defender
Dani Alves looks almost certain to join Juventus on a three-year contract ‒ with the Brazilian right back bringing to an end a glorious eight year spell at Barcelona.
The Spanish Champions will let the 33-year-old full back leave on a free but will save around £5.3m on what is left of his contract at the Nou Camp.
Italian giants Juventus also want Javier Mascherano and have spoken to people representing the Argentine defender.
Barcelona right back Dani Alves (right) looks almost certain to join Juventus on a three-year contract
Alves has one year remaining on the two-year deal he signed last summer but looks set to leave Nou Camp
But while Barca have long since been resigned to eventually losing the Brazilian veteran Alves, they are preparing to dig their heels in over Mascherano – at least until they sign a new central defensive partner for Gerard Pique.
Alves almost left Barca last summer but renewed for two years at the last minute. This time it seems there will be no U-turn for a player who will leave having written his name into the club’s record books as its greatest ever right back.
Barca signed Alves from Sevilla for £15m in what was the first transfer of the Pep Guardiola era.
He won six trophies in his first year at the club. And although controversy was never far away and he got in trouble with supporters this season for donning a wig and telling them not to worry about the club’s Champions League exit, most will miss his extraordinary will to win.
The Catalans will immediately be linked with Hector Bellerin who they allowed to leave for Arsenal but it looks more likely that Aleix Vidal will now get his chance to do what he was brought in last season to do – replace Alves.
Juventus also want defender Javier Mascherano (left) and have spoken to people representing the Argentine
Mascherano leaving the Nou Camp would come as a huge blow to Barcelona and their manager Luis Enrique
Source: Daily Mail