For the second consecutive summer, Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici have added some samba to the fullback position at Juventus. And if it goes anything close to as well as the acquisition from the summer of 2015, then things will be perfectly a-okay.
The swift and quick move that has been drawn out a little longer than some expected it to be for Barcelona fullback Dani Alves is now, officially, a done deal, Juventus announced via its multitude of social media platforms on Monday. Alves is done with his medical exams at the spiffy new joint known as JMedical and has put pen to paper on a two-year contract that will keep him in Turin through the 2017-18 season with an option for a third year.
Juventus Football Club can today confirm that Dani Alves has agreed terms on a two-year contract with the club until 30 June 2018 with an option for an additional year.
The unrelenting success and remarkable consistency of the second most decorated player in UEFA competition history has seen the Brazilian deservedly be considered among the greatest wing-backs of his generation.
Having played a key role in one of the most trophy-laden spells of any club over the course of the game's existence, including a history-making pair of domestic and European trebles at Barcelona, Alves' transfer to Juventus marks the arrival of a natural-born winner and a true master of his trade.
At 33 years old, Alves doesn't have a ton of mileage left in the tank, but what he will add to the Juventus roster in undeniable. Alves has been one of the best right backs in the world for years, and adds his talents to a fullback position that is already stacked with talent and experience. How Alves fits into the puzzle remains to be seen considering the other fullback that plays on the right happens to be another one of the world's best, Stephan Lichtsteiner, but that's why Max Allegri gets paid the big bucks.
Regardless of all that stuff — which we can discuss at a later time — Alves and all of his Champions League experience is going to be wearing a Juventus jersey for the next couple of years. We've expected it to happen for weeks now, but it's always nice to see an official announcement. Not a bad way to start the work week if you ask me.