The evidence was mounting up and there is now, for the first time, a mainstream report that Dani Alves has reneged on a verbal agreement to join Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
The 34-year-old right-back, who had his Juventus contracted rescinded to pursue his dream of playing in the Premier League, is joining Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal, Goal journalists Loïc Tanzi, Bruno Andrade and Sam Lee report.
— Goal France (@Goal_com_France) July 11, 2017
Alves finally made his decision in recent hours and is scheduled for his PSG medical ahead of a press conference. He had wanted to leave Juventus to reunite with Guardiola at the Etihad and spoke publicly of his desire to experience English football.
The well-sourced Paris United states that Alves has been collected by a luxury car company in Paris and will undergo his medical tomorrow morning.
[Infos Paris U] Le joueur a été récupéré par une société de voiture de luxe. La visite médicale est fixée à demain matin. pic.twitter.com/tZs3e7C6Ug
— Paris United (@parisunited6) July 11, 2017
Manchester City’s summer plans are now damaged by this unexpected turn of events and attempts to sign Kyle Walker from Spurs will likely intensfy.
As always, nothing is done until it is officially announced, but it looks certain that City have been the victims of a shrewd hijack here by PSG sporting director Antero Henrique.
16:20 UPDATE: An image has appeared that appears to confirm Alves has already had his PSG medical.
16:30 UPDATE: The most reliable source in France, Mohamed Bouhafsi, has now confirmed that Alves has agreed to join PSG and they hope to wrap up the deal in the next 24 hours.
🚨 Dani Alves a donné son accord oral à Paris ! Règlement des derniers détails entre les deux parties ! Paris veut boucler ça dans les 24h !
— Mohamed Bouhafsi (@mohamedbouhafsi) July 11, 2017