Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly hoping to wrap up the signing of Dani Alves next week as he closes in on a reunion with the Brazilian.
The veteran full-back is set to secure his exit from Juventus this week after informing the Turin giants of his desire to move on this summer, which in turn will pave the way for a move to City.
According to Goal.com, once his contract termination is finalised, he will be ready to meet with the Premier League giants to confirm his switch, with the report adding that the 34-year-old will sign a two-year deal with the Citizens.
It comes despite the fact that he was offered more money by Chelsea, as he will now earn €2m-a-year less with City than what he could have earned at Stamford Bridge, thus giving an indication as to how badly he wanted the reunion with his former Barcelona boss Guardiola.
The pair enjoyed a great deal of success together at the Nou Camp, and at a time in which the Spanish tactician is desperate for reinforcements in the full-back positions, he looks set to rely on a trusted figure to add experience and quality to his squad.
Alves proved last season with his form for Juve that he can still play a pivotal role even at 34, helping the Bianconeri to the Serie A and Coppa Italia double, as well as reaching the Champions League final.
In turn, Guardiola will be hoping that he can bring that same winning mentality to the Etihad, as he will reportedly pen a two-year deal worth €5m-a-year once he gets the all clear from Juventus that he can move on and start the next, and possibly last, new challenge in his career.
Should City wrap up a deal, Alves will be the third new recruit after Bernardo Silva and Ederson have already joined Guardiola’s side this summer.