ALVES CLOSE TO JUVE MOVE
Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed that the Italian champions are close to agreeing a deal for Dani Alves. The Brazilian has one year left on his contract with Barcelona but the Spanish side are prepared to allow him to leave on a free transfer this summer. Asked how the deal was progressing, Marotta said: “I can confirm that negotiations with Dani Alves are on the right track - we are satisfied. We are very optimistic.” Juve are also in talks with Barcelona over the transfer of Javier Mascherano, but Marotta said that deal is “more complicated”.