Former Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain full-back Dani Alves has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Sao Paulo.
The 36-year-old Brazilian was a free agent having left PSG at the end of his contract in June and he has now opted to return to his homeland to join the club he supports.
Sao Paulo president Carlos Augusto De Barros E Silva, known as Leco, told the Tricolor Paulista’s official website: “Dani Alves embodies our vision for Sao Paulo.
“He is one of the leading players in the world, recognised for his immense professionalism, his fierce determination and endless thirst for titles and wins.”
Alves is indeed one of the most successful active players, winning six La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies with Barca, the Serie A title with Juve and back-to-back Ligue 1 crowns with PSG, along with numerous domestic cups across Europe.
Leco added: “One day I told Dani he would come and play for Sao Paulo, the club of his heart. Today I have the immense pleasure to say I have kept that promise.”
Everton are expected to finalise two more signings in the next few days as Juventus forward Moise Kean is set to arrive for a medical in the next 24 hours.
However, while a £30million deal for the 19-year-old is close to being completed, PA understands Mainz midfielder Jean Philippe Gbamin will be first through the door.
The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international is a like-for-like replacement for Idrissa Gueye in a central holding role after he completed his move to Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the week.
His switch, for a reported £25m-plus, should be completed over the weekend with Kean to follow afterwards.
Kean is the player who is exciting fans the most as they hope the long wait for a regular goalscorer is over having seen the team struggle up front since the departure of Romelu Lukaku two years ago.
Since then Wayne Rooney (10) and Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson (both 13) have been the Toffees’ top Premier League scorers in the last couple of seasons.
Kean has scored 11 times in 35 Serie A appearances, the majority of which have been as a substitute, for Juve and on loan at Verona but is viewed as a player with huge potential by manager Marco Silva and director of football Marcel Brands.
Everton have already secured Andre Gomes, who spent last season on loan at Goodison Park, on a permanent deal along with back-up goalkeeper Jonas Lossl from Huddersfield and Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph.
Brazilian forward Malcom has left Barcelona after a single season to sign a five-year deal with Zenit St Petersburg.
The 22-year-old made only 15 La Liga appearances, scoring once, for the Spanish champions after arriving at the Camp Nou from Bordeaux in July 2018.
Zenit boss Sergei Semak told the club website: “We looked at Malcom a year ago but the transfer fee was too much for us – this year we had an opportunity to sign him.
“We understand the level of competition at Barcelona and why he had insufficient playing time. Malcom has decided to join our club, so we are very pleased.”