Profiling Dani Alves after former Barcelona man chooses PSG over Man City

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Brazilian right-back Dani Alves vowed to add to his trophy collection at Paris Saint-Germain as he was unveiled by the French giants on Wednesday after signing a two-year deal.

The 34-year-old won three Champions Leagues and six La Liga titles at Barcelona, whose former manager Pep Guardiola had hoped to lure Alves to Manchester City.

Alves quit Italian champions Juventus two weeks ago after helping them to a Serie A and Coppa Italia double while also reaching the Champions League final in his only season in Turin.

He passed a medical in the French capital before he was presented at a press conference on Wednesday, holding aloft his new shirt with the number 32 on its back.

“Believe me I came here to win trophies,” said Alves, who won the UEFA Cup twice with Sevilla before winning a remarkable haul 23 of trophies in eight years at Barcelona.

“The club has grown amazingly and I’m delighted to be here. We’re going to share some great moments together, I’m sure of it!” he added.

The video below takes a closer look at the new PSG signing.

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Profiling Tottenham's Eric Dier as Manchester United home in on Jose Mourinho's prime midfield target

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Various reports claim Manchester United have made Tottenham’s Eric Dier their prime midfield target this summer.

Having secured the services of striker Romelu Lukaku after roping in Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, Jose Mourinho is keen to bolster his midfield with a bid for the England star.

However, the 23-year-old may well cost United £50 million with Spurs under no pressure to sell although it is said that the player is keen to make the move happen.

A reunion with Nemanja Matic for Mourinho was on the cards up until United hijacked Chelsea’s deal for Lukaku, souring relations between the clubs.

Meanwhile, Fabinho remains on United’s shopping list but Dier is seen as the chief candidate to replace Michael Carrick in the long term.

The Englishman has excelled as the midfield anchor for the north London outfit over the last couple of seasons and is well-versed at playing at centre-back or even right-back.

The video below takes a closer look at the United target.

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Manchester City and Pep Guardiola snubbed as Dani Alves completes PSG transfer

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Manchester City have missed their chance to sign Dani Alves after the Brazilian full-back instead joined Paris St Germain.

The 34-year-old decided to leave Serie A champions Juventus after just one season in Turin and, despite being linked with a summer move to Premier League side City, he has opted to sign for Unai Emery’s PSG.

A tweet from the capital club’s official account announced the former Barcelona player’s arrival on Wednesday.

Attack-minded right-back Alves, who won the Champions League three times with Barca, also claiming six LaLiga titles during his time at the Nou Camp, has agreed a deal running until June 2019 with last season’s Ligue 1 runners-up.

He told psg.fr: “I am extremely happy to sign for PSG. In recent years I’ve witnessed the tremendous growth of this club, which has became a strong force in European football.

“It is very exciting to become part of this great project. At every club where I’ve been, I’ve always given my best to help the team go as far as possible. Believe me, I’ve come to Paris to win things.

“I recognise the ambitions of my new club and the expectations of our many supporters around the world. I’m sure we’re going to share some great moments.”

PSG won four straight French championships before being deposed by free-scoring Monaco in May and, while they have been consistent in Europe of late, they are yet to make the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Alves’ former club Juve achieved as much and more last term, reaching the final in Cardiff only to lose to Real Madrid, but their declared intention to go one better in 2017-18 was not enough to keep the Brazilian in Italy.

When it emerged he was keen to rescind his contract as there were reports of strong interest from overseas, links were drawn between the Bahia-born defender and City, managed by his long-term boss at Barca, Pep Guardiola.

But PSG have won the race for his signature, leaving City still in the hunt for a senior right-back following Pablo Zabaleta’s release and subsequent move to West Ham. Tottenham’s Kyle Walker has also been linked with a switch to the Etihad.

Meanwhile, the Parisians’ president Nasser Al-Khelaifi added of Alves: “Daniel has not only been one of the best defenders in the world for a dozen years, he is also a favourite figure for football enthusiasts across all continents.

“His drive and energy will bring a lot to our squad and our fans will love his rage to always be conquering.
“By choosing PSG, Dani has proved the vitality and attractiveness of our project.”

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