MANCHESTER CITY are confident of signing Dani Alves this week — despite a late Spurs hijack.
The Brazilian full-back is due to finalise the legal side of his exit from Juventus on Tuesday.
And Tottenham have tried to take advantage of the delay by launching a late bid.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino is eyeing a new right-back as he prepares to lose Kyle Walker to CITY.
England star Walker is keen to move — even though the two clubs remain apart in their valuation, with Spurs wanting £50million.
Alves, 34, has set his heart on a reunion with his former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.
A two-year deal is all agreed and the free transfer should be announced once all the red tape has been sorted.
Chelsea had also shown an interest but the Brazilian dropped a big hint last week Guardiola would be a main factor.
City’s boss hopes his former favourite will be one of three new full-backs on the plane when they depart for a tour of North America on July 17.
Alves is reportedly willing to earn £1.7million-a-year less to join Man City than what Chelsea offered him.
According to the Goal report, the West London club were ready to offer Alves, 34, around £6.1m-a-year.
But the Brazilian has taken City’s offer of £4.3m instead to move to the Etihad.
Alves spent eight years at Barcelona with the first four being under Guardiola.
The ex-Sevilla star then moved to Italian giants Juve last summer where he helped them to a league and cup double and the Champions League final.
But after requesting to have his contract cut short, he looks certain to be heading to the Premier League.
Speaking on a visit back to Brazil, Alves said: “Leaving Juve on a free transfer? “I don’t know what’s happening.
“Have I asked to leave? I’ve left the work to my agents, and they’ve said they’d talk to me once they found a resolution.
“If I go, it’ll be without any conflicts, without any problems, as opposed to what’s being said.
“City my next team? Well, everyone knows my admiration for Pep Guardiola.”
Sounds like Pochettino will have a job on his hands to convince Alves.