It's been a little while since we've heard about Juve's move for Barcelona fullback Dani Alves. Not that it suddenly wasn't going to happen, but with Alves competing at Copa América and seemingly everything wrapped up and done with, the only thing left remaining was for the Brazilian to undergo his medicals and that would be that.
Those medical examinations are almost upon.
In a brief statement on its official website, Juventus announced Sunday night that Alves has touched down on Italian soil in Turin and will undergo his medical ahead of his contract signing on Monday. It's the word that many have been expecting to hear, but were just unsure of when it would actually take place. Well, it has, and Alves will soon be the second Juventus signing of the summer. That statement on the Juventus website reads in full as follows:
Dani Alves has touched down in Turin ahead of his Juventus medical.
The Brazilian full-back arrived at the city's Caselle Airport shortly after 20.30 CEST on Sunday night. Tomorrow he will become the second player after Miralem Pjanic to run through routine check-ups at J|Medical, the club's state-of-the-art facility that first opened its doors back in March.
And just for fun, here's photographic evidence of Alves arriving in Turin Sunday night.
A couple of summers ago we lauded Beppe Marotta and his team of front office masterminds for their work to get a got chunk of the team's summer business done well before the summer transfer window actually opened. This is pretty much the same kind of situation. Juventus have signed a standout midfielder in Miralem Pjanic, a fullback/wingback with massive experience in Alves. That's the start of a pretty good incoming group of players, if you ask me.
We'll see what the final financials of the deal end up being when it is officially announced, which is also expected to happen at some point Monday. But the main thing is that Juve have snatched up another big-time player as the club looks to put forth a massive effort to try and win the Champions League next season.