Dani Alves ‘will make a sensational return to Barcelona with the club ready to announce his arrival next week’ as new manager Xavi follows in Pep Guardiola’s footsteps by ‘supporting the signing of the 38-year-old Brazilian’
- Dani Alves signed for Barcelona in 2008 as the first great signing of coach Pep Guardiola
- Now Alves is ready to make a sensational comeback at Barcelona at 38
- It is believed that Alves will present himself as the new signing of the Catalan next week
- The new coach Xavi has already opted for the signing of his former Barça teammate
Dani Alves will make a sensational comeback at Barcelona according to Diario Sport, which says the 38-year-old Brazilian will be presented as the club’s new signing next week pending a final club-player meeting.
Alves had offered his service to Barcelona as a free agent, but the club had squandered the opportunity to resign from the Brazilian international with the emphasis on advancing the youth with new coach Xavi.
But Sport’s Albert Roge claimed on Friday that new coach Xavi has now endorsed the signing and that it should be announced next week.
Dani Alves (above) will reportedly make a sensational comeback at Barcelona and will be introduced as the club’s new signing next week.
In this way, we will be the first signing of Xavi after assuming the direction of Barcelona
If Alves returns, five years after leaving the club, it will mean that both Xavi and Pep Guardiola signed Alves when they took over as coach of the first team.
The Brazilian was Guardiola’s first big signing in 2008. He was 25 years old at the time. He is now 39 next May.
Alves and Xavi remain good friends and their combinations with Lionel Messi were the foundation on which so many Barcelona goals were built.
It doesn’t come to mind right away when considering the best right flank associations because Xavi was never what anyone would call a ‘right side’ midfielder, but the now Barcelona coach did start on the right of Barcelona’s midfield three and did. having Alves behind him or, most of the time, in front of him as the eternally overlapping right-back in Barcelona’s most successful seasons. They made triangles with Lionel Messi and Barcelona won trophies for that.
The Brazilian was Pep Guardiola’s first big signing in 2008. He was 25 years old at the time. He is now 38
Xavi (right) and Alves (left) are good friends and their combinations with Lionel Messi were the basis on which so many Barcelona goals were built
If Alves arrives, many Barcelonans will scratch their heads. Others argue that even at 38 he will be better than some of Barcelona’s current options at that position.
Even with Xavi’s green light, salaries could be a problem, but Alves has told Barcelona that he is well aware of the problems the club has with its salary cap and that he is ready to be the one with the least income in the league. squad of the first team.
Barcelona’s monumental failure to even come close to replacing Alves is one of the club’s biggest failures in the past five years. The biggest mistake was trying to find someone similar rather than someone who could advocate. Nelson Semedo, Emerson and Sergino Dest had and still do have some of Alves’ attacking qualities, but without his brilliant powers of recovery and desire to win.
Alves last played for Sao Paulo in his native Brazil, but remains a free agent after leaving.
Some have argued that even at 38 Alves (above) he will be better than some of Barcelona’s current options at that position.
He showed his quality again at the Olympics last summer and his desire to stay fit for the next world cup and keep playing until he turns 40 in May 2023 would be a great source of motivation wherever he goes.
Nobody in football has won more than Alves. And its longevity is almost as impressive. When he left Barcelona, he was about to join Pep Guardiola at Manchester City to work with the man he called ‘the Einstein of football’. Instead he joined Juventus in 2017 and here we are almost five years later talking about where he could go next. Even a cruciate ligament tear in 2018 couldn’t stop it for long.
Nelson Semedo, Emerson and Sergino Dest (above) all had and still have some of Alves’ offensive qualities but without his brilliant powers of recovery and will to win.
Alves, who left in 2016, has previously said that he would like to play in the Premier League.
England is still one of the two big leagues that they haven’t tried. In an interview on Sportsmail in 2016, he said of the possibility: ‘I don’t know when, but I would like to play there, to experience what I have seen so many times from the sofa at home. The way people live football in England. The way there is a corner and it is animated as if it were a goal. ‘
He would have been waiting for Newcastle to look his way as they prepared to make their first shots in the transfer market. Or that another club could do what Bolton Wanderers did in 2004 when they signed 36-year-old Fernando Hierro. However, an English savior will not be necessary if Barcelona are about to rescue him… and I hope he helps rescue their season.