In the immediate aftermath of Dani Alves‘ announcement that he was leaving Italian giants Juventus after one season, the Premier League was mentioned as his next stop. Despite rumored interest from both Chelsea and Manchester City, the right back will ply his trade in Ligue 1 next season as he has agreed to join Paris-Saint Germain.
“I’m extremely happy to sign for Paris Saint-Germain,” Dani Alves said in the release. “In recent years, I have been able to gauge the incredible growth of this club, which has become a European football powerhouse. It’s very exciting to now be part of this great project! In all the clubs where I have played, I have always given my best to help my teams achieve as much as possible.
“Believe me, I am coming to Paris to win. I know the ambitions of my new club and the expectations of its many fans around the world. We’re going to share in some great times, I’m certain of that.”
Alves, who won three Champions League titles during his time at Barcelona, and PSG have agreed to a two-year contract that will run through June 30, 2019. Alves’ arrival at PSG could mean the end of Serge Aurier’s time with the club. The IBT Times reported Wednesday that both Manchester City and Manchester United have inquired about the Ivorian right back, who appeared in 26 matches across all competitions for PSG last season.
During his introductory press conference Wednesday, Alves said that former PSG defender and fellow Brazilian Maxwell convinced him to join PSG. Maxwell, who announced his retirement in May, made 145 appearances for PSG and scored 12 goals as a left back.