Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Brazilian Hero Dan Should Not Be the Man This Time for Pep

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Brazilian Hero Dan Should Not Be the Man This Time for Pep

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TWO years ago, in July 2017, Pep Guardiola met with Dani Alves to sell him his vision for City.

The former Barcelona right-back, then 34, was leaving Juventus after just one year in Turin and officials at the Etihad felt a reunion between the player and his former Barca boss was a done deal.

Alves was still a big name two years ago, arguably no player has done more to transform his position on the pitch than the Brazilian, who redefined the role of a right-back in Guardiola's great team in Catalunya.

With the Blues boss seeking to leave his first season at City behind him, an overhaul of the full-back areas was top of his to-do list in the summer of 2017.

But while club officials awaited the arrival of Alves, he was still negotiating with Paris Saint-Germain, eventually signing a twoyear deal with the French giants instead.

City were scorned. Alves would have been a great addition to the Blues and to the Premier League, a truly thrilling player to watch, but the Blues didn't do too badly without him.

There have question marks physical perform the role Walker. Tyrone Instead, they splashed out on Kyle Walker and Danilo and back-to-back titles have followed, achieved in record-breaking fashion. Nobody has been pining for Alves since he opted for Paris.

His own two years in the French capital have yielded two Ligue 1 titles, but PSG are so far ahead of the rest domestically that the championship has become a procession.

Now he's left PSG and is eager to extend his career, he could be back on City's radar.

Danilo could depart in search of first-team football this summer, leaving Guardiola to search for another right-back.

While Juventus' Joao Cancelo has been the top target in that area, Alves would certainly be a cheaper alternative, although he doesn't have the longevity of the former.

to be over his ability to athletic does But having been left disappointed by Alves' shock decision to sign for PSG two years ago, City might be wise to Marshall turn their attentions elsewhere this summer. …

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