One of the big transfer sagas of summer 2017 was Dani Alves’ failed move to Manchester City when he was hours away from signing his contract before Paris Saint-Germain hijacked the deal and signed the Brazilian star at the last minute.
Many City fans were unhappy, but in the end it was no harm done, as City instead signed Danilo to rotate with Kyle Walker and the rest is history – a double-winning season was to follow.
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, the 35-year-old former Barcelona player revealed just how close he came to arriving at the Etihad Stadium, why he changed his mind, and just how much he admires Pep Guardiola.
“It was all done to go to Manchester City but it didn’t happen because of a family decision,” Alves said. “Pep knew my intentions. I spoke with him, he knew my intention to work with him and his staff again. He knows the gigantic respect I have for them, which is why I wanted to work with him again until something else came up.
“In life you have to weigh everything up, even when they are just decisions about your career. I like my decisions to be taken carefully, so they don’t harm anyone close to me, so that the people close to me are happy.
“I know that if the people close to me are happy, I am happy, and I can do my job better. For me, it was a shame not to work with Guardiola again because he knows I adore him, but at the same time it was a new challenge which is what changed my mind.”