Category: Serie A

Juventus releases Manchester City target Dani Alves

Serie A champions Juventus has confirmed that they will be releasing the Brazilian defender Dani Alves from the remaining one year of his contract.

Alves, 34, has only been with the Bianconeri for a year, winning Serie A and reaching the Champions League final.

Speaking to Italian media on Wednesday, Juventus chief executive Beppe Marotta said that Alves had “expressed a desire to try a new experience.”

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola is known to be amongst those interested in signing the former Brazilian international, with whom he worked with during their time together at FC Barcelona after the Catalan brought him to the club from Sevilla for £23m in 2008.

In addition to wishing him luck in the future, Marotta added that Juventus hopes to reach an amicable “mutual termination” with Dani Alves.

Alves had spent eight seasons at Barcelona, with the first four of those were under Guardiola, a period when the pair shared in two Champions League triumphs and won La Liga on three occasions.

City are currently in need of an experienced right-back after releasing out-of-contract duo Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna. While signing Alves appears to be a priority at present, Guardiola has also been linked with Tottenham’s Kyle Walker.