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Manchester City round-up: Juventus full-back targeted; Walker deal closes in; £45m Barcelona star linked

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Manchester City round-up: Juventus full-back targeted; Walker deal closes in; £45m Barcelona star linked

According to reports coming from The Guardian on Saturday evening, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is allegedly closing in on a surprise reunion with Juventus defender Dani Alves next season.

Fresh reports claim that Guardiola – who had a spell managing Alves at Barcelona – is keen on bringing his ‘winning mentality’ to the Manchester City dressing room ahead of the new campaign.

And it is thought that representatives from the Etihad have already approached the Serie A side – who are willing to listen to offers – ahead of a £5million summer switch over to the Premier League.

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The 34-year-old full-back only has a year left on his current contract at the Italian side and, with no recognised right-back at City after letting Pablo Zabaleta leave, they seem set to secure the Brazilian.

The ex-Barcelona duo won six La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies during their time together at the Nou Camp and it’s believed that this previous link could help persuade Alves to City.

Meanwhile, The Sun have claimed that the Citizens could be poised to add a second right-back to their ranks after a move for Tottenham’s Kyle Walker has started to take shape.

Reports from The Sun earlier in the week had claimed that Guardiola is readying a £40million bid over the upcoming weeks to tempt him away from White Hart Lane, and this is believed to be in motion.


The potential additions of both Alves and Walker would fill the void in the Manchester City back-line left after Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Jesus Navas were all released from the club.

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Despite having an exceptional season at Tottenham and making it into the PFA team of the year, a fall-out with Mauricio Pochettino – as reported by the Independent – has seen him seeking a brisk exit.

The Sunday Express claim that there could yet be a complication in a move to Manchester City, though, with German giants Bayern Munich rumoured to be preparing a £45 million bid for Walker.

Lastly, reports coming from Spain have suggested that Manchester City are primed to rival both Bayern Munich and Manchester United to secure the signing of Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

Mundo Deportivo believe that the 29-year-old could be allowed to leave the Spanish giants should a suitable offer – supposedly in the region of £45 million – be made.

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The report suggests that Barcelona would rather keep the Croatian after a highly-influential three-year spell at the club but they could be forced into letting him go to raise funds for Paris-Saint Germain midfielder Marco Veratti – who Sport believe is keen for a move to the Catalan side.

Rakitic made 58 appearances across all competitions last season as Barcelona fell short both domestically and in Europe, scoring 12 times and assisting five.

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