Dani Alves set to join Manchester City in £5m deal from Juventus

• Defender, 34, agrees contract in principle to link up with former manager
• Alves recently described Pep Guardiola as ‘a genius’

Manchester City have approached Juventus over a move for Dani Alves, with Pep Guardiola prepared to offer the Brazil international a two-year contract as he steps up his recruitment drive for next season.

City are searching for defensive options after allowing Bacary Sagna and Gaël Clichy to leave when their contracts expire at the end of this month. A move for Tottenham’s Kyle Walker has failed to reach a breakthrough, with Spurs holding out for a fee in excess of £40m for the England international.

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