Well, consider this something that I wasn’t expecting to write about this summer.
Nobody expected Dani Alves’ stay in Turin to be something that rivaled his time with Barcelona. That’s simply because of his age and the length of the contract he signed with the Italian champions this time last summer. But I don’t know how many people considered Alves to be one-and-done in Turin — especially after how important he became as the 2016-17 season went on.
Yet, here we are.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sports Italia, Alves and Juventus are working on a mutual termination of his contract which would allow him to leave for no cost at all this summer. The next domino to fall would be a move to England, with his former manager at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola, and Manchester City
Juventus is ready to part ways with Dani Alves, following a meeting at the club on Monday between the defender's agents and the club's sporting director Beppe Marotta. The likely possibility for Alves is a mutually agreed termination of his contract with Juventus. Alves would be free to sign with Manchester City or Chelsea, or any other side.
I’m going to assume that “any other side” probably doesn’t include teams in Serie B or somebody that’s going to be battling relegation in England or Spain.
But to suddenly hear that Alves is probably not going to be a Juventus player next season is quite a surprise. Knowing how strong he finished the season and basically made Stephan Lichtsteiner a squad rotation player in the run to the Champions League final, you would think that Alves was going to be just as important in the second year of his adventure with Juventus.
It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen, though.
An interesting summer transfer window where Juventus are obviously looking to add some play-making ability on the wings just took a twist nobody really expected to happen. So now Juve are not only interested in signing somebody like Douglas Costa, but probably a new right back, too. Get ready for lots of Mattia De Sciglio rumors, my friends.