May 7, 2017
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Could Juventus star Dani Alves be set for a move to the Premier League?

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Spanish newspaper Sport claim that Juventus right-back Dani Alves could be up for sale this summer with a trio of Premier League clubs interested in bringing him to England after only one year in Serie A, where he could still win the treble with the Turin club top of the league, in the Coppa Italia final and semi-finals of the Champions League.

The Brazilian may be past his peak at 34 years of age but has earned plaudits for defying expectations since moving to Italy from Barcelona only a year ago on a free transfer after running his contract down.

What would he bring to any of the three clubs?

Despite nearing the final years of his career, the former Sevilla winger who then turned full-back clearly still has immense quality. As shown in the Champions League semi-final first leg, where Alves set up two goals wonderfully for Gonzalo Higuain, he still has the engine to get forward and the vision, passing and touch to set other players up when on the attack without getting caught out by opposition wingers.

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Which club is the most likely destination?

Alves would be the perfect addition for the wing-back role at either Manchester City or Chelsea given his attacking threat as well as his defensive strength. His time playing under Pep Guardiola at Barcelona obviously gives the Citizens a huge advantage, but he is likely to hear good things about Antonio Conte in Turin and may be persuaded to join their project, whilst United are most likely to splash the cash.

Is a move likely?

At 34-years-old, it could represent the only opportunity that Juventus will get to sell the full-back on for a profit after picking him up on a free transfer last summer. Alves is thought to be happy in Italy and they are certainly happy with him, but if a sizeable offer is received then they may look to give more of an opportunity to their younger squad members.

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Alves has often spoken of his desire to play in the Premier League previously and may look to trial his skills in England before he faces retirement. His age may prove an impediment if any of the trio do not want to commit to a long-term contract, but given that he may come for a cheap transfer fee it would not be a surprise at all to see Alves plying his trade in the Premier League next season.
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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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