Juve clear way as City move for Alves

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER/GOLF - Damian Spellman

Ju­ven­tus have con­firmed the re­lease of Dani Alves, paving the way for a pos­si­ble re­union with Pep Guardi­ola at Manch­ester City.

The 34-year-old Brazil­ian right-back, who played un­der Guardi­ola at Barcelona, an­nounced ear­lier this week he was leav­ing the Serie A cham­pi­ons. City have been linked heav­ily with the player since re­leas­ing right-backs Pablo Za­baleta and Bacary Sagna at the end of last sea­son.

Alves only joined Juve last sum­mer and leaves mid­way through a two-year con­tract. His sin­gle cam­paign in Turin was in­ter­rupted by a bro­ken leg suf­fered last Novem­ber but he re­turned to help the club to a Serie A and Coppa Italia dou­ble and reach the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal.

Alves en­joyed two Cham­pi­ons Leagues and three Laliga ti­tle suc­cesses un­der Guardi­ola at the Nou Camp. In all, he won 23 tro­phies over eight sea­sons with Barca be­fore mov­ing to Juve. A move to the Eti­had Sta­dium would con­tinue City’s sum­mer re­vamp.

The club have al­ready con­firmed the sign­ings of goal­keeper Eder­son from Ben­fica and mid­fielder Bernardo Silva from Monaco.

Else­where Celtic have com­pleted the sign­ing of 19-yearold mid­fielder Kundai Benyu from Ip­swich. The teenager has agreed a four-year con­tract and. Benyu never played for Ip­swich but scored five goals in 23 ap­pear­ances on loan at Va­narama Na­tional League side Alder­shot in the sec­ond half of last sea­son.

Benyu fol­lows Jonny Hayes in sign­ing for Celtic this sum­mer and the Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional moved from Aberdeen.

Swansea have signed Dutch goal­keeper Erwin Mul­der on a free trans­fer a new con­tract at Ere­di­visie club Heeren­veen, for whom he played for the last two years.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.