Dani Alves is set to become a PSG player on Wednesday, unless he manages to drag out another day of summer holiday. L’Equipe report that PSG are paying the Brazilian €14m per year on a two year deal, such high wages because the player arrives for free.
Manchester City had thought they had Alves secured, but with no paperwork signed, PSG were able to swoop in and get a deal done. The fullback’s decision is understandable, at 34 years of age and having a trophy cabinet bursting already, playing for PSG seems a much more suitable swan-song than moving to the Premier League and accepting all the pressures which come with it.
Manchester City are now left looking for a fullback, and L’Equipe say they’ve contacted Serge Aurier in recent months, as have Manchester United. Jose Mourinho interest doesn’t make quite as much sense as that from pep Guardiola, but with the player keen on a move there’s a good possibility of a transfer.
Barcelona, AC Milan, and Juventus have also made contact, although L’Equipe believe the latter are now out of the race.
Aurier isn’t a French citizen and any Premier League club signing may find a work permit isn’t automatic, given he was banned from even entering the country to play for PSG last November due to an ongoing court case.
Manchester City really need a fullback, or two, maybe three, and so their need for Aurier is greater than Manchester United’s.