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Juventus are considering terminating the contract of Dani Alves by mutual consent.
The Brazilian right-back is attracting interest from Chelsea and Manchester City.
Juventus had initially discussed a £5million fee for the Brazil right-back as he has one year left on contract but talks in Turin on Monday centred around cutting short their agreement allowing Alves to leave on a free transfer.
This opens up the possibility of a reunion with City manager Pep Guardiola, who Alves worked under at Barcelona. And City are in the process of a reshuffle in that position, with Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy both released this summer.
If Alves does end up at the Etihad Stadium, he would be wise to brush up on the history of his potential new employers. He had not even heard of the club before 2009!
Speaking in 2014, he admitted: ‘I didn’t realise until about five years ago that Manchester had two teams.
‘Of course Manchester United have been one of the most famous and successful clubs in Europe for many years – but I thought they were the only one.’
‘When Manchester City got new owners and started buying some of the best players in Europe everybody knew who they were – but until then I must be honest I didn’t know about them.’
The 34-year-old may not be on good terms with Juventus fans following a recent Instagram post in which he mentioned a game they lost.A
Alves posted a picture of the boots he wore in the 2015 Champions League Final, when Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1, when he was donning the famous Barcelona blue-and-red.
He captioned on the picture: ‘I found my Berlin final shoes at home. My respect boys.’
Speculation over his future further increased with a video message from Gonzalo Higuaín, in which he said:
“It was a pleasure to play with you. I wish you the best and I hope we’ll spend more time together. Bye genius.”
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75