Dani Alves is nothing if not a surprising character.
Undoubtedly talented and still mixing it with the very best at the top of the game, for his latest act, the ex-Barcelona man rejected Manchester City for Paris Saint-Germain.
After being courted by Pep Guardiola for much of the summer, he snubbed his old boss be agreeing by a whopping £12million-a-year contract at the French giants.
The 34-year-old right-back will today sign a two year deal with the French giants after an amazing last minute U-turn.
The £230,000-a-week offer was almost DOUBLE what City were ready to pay him when Alves verbally agreed to join them last month.
£230,00-a-week. For a 34-year-old.
Not bad work if you can get it.
And in the end Guardiola was unwilling to match terms which would have put him in the top few earners at the club.
The eleventh hour hijack came as a shock to City who had made plans for him to be on their tour to USA which leaves on Monday.
They had allowed him to enjoy his holidays rather than bringing him over to Manchester to complete a medical – but expected him this week.
And the first they knew of PSG’s attempts to nick him was when they heard the reports coming from France.
While the Etihad chief is disappointed, his old Nou Camp favourite was not coming as his first choice right-back anyway.
City remain confident of securing a deal to land Tottenham’s Kyle Walker despite the London club holding out for £50m.
And they are also closing in on Monaco’s £40m-rated full-back Benjamin Mendy.
But it does leave Pep in a race against time to sort out his options at full-back on both flanks – with the new season just over a month away.
He allowed Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Jesus Navas to leave when their contracts ended in June.
His only full-backs with any experience on his books now are Aleksandar Kolarov and young Spaniard Pablo Maffeo.
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