Having left Juventus after just one season, it sounds like Dani Alves is going to re-join former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola. With his incredible energy and pace, even in his 30s, Alves maintains the kind of title winning experience and determination to keep winning that City appear to lack in such decisive manner.
It’s likely that City will beat Chelsea to the signing of Alves, who looks set to finally give the Premier League a shot. However, City fans might be scarred by the signing of another flying Brazilian full-back in his 30s, when they hired Maicon. The full-back was awful for City, and looked like his legs had gone: could the same problem be about to fall on Alves?
It’s unlikely. Maicon, ever since the post-treble season with Inter, was on a downward slope. By the time he arrived in England, he was damaged goods. Alves retains all of his qualities from seasons gone by, and still looks as fit and as sprightly as ever. Not only does Alves have the capacity to keep moving in and stay fit even with the demands of the English league, he’s likely to have a more impressive team around him than the one that Maicon failed in.
Alves brings a wealth of trophy winning experience to City, having become the third-most lucrative trophy winner in the history of the game. With 33 trophies already, he could almost certainly lift another one this year with City who look set to revolutionize their side.
Juventus lifted their sixth Italian title in a row this year, alongside an Italian Cup. A defeat in the Champions League Final was a major disappointment, so Alves might just be looking to make up for that when he finally arrives in Manchester shortly.