Dani Alves, 33, has arrived in Turin to complete the formalities of his move to Italian champions, Juventus.
After eight illustrious years at the Camp Nou, the Brazilian international with 92 caps to his name, decided that he needed a fresh challenge in the twilight of his career.
Alves began his career with Esporte Clube Bahia but was snapped up by Sevilla as a promising 19 year-old after a year-long loan spell. Back to back UEFA Cup successes gave Alves a taste of European glory and he told the club he wanted to leave in 2007.
A proposed move to Liverpool had fallen through the year before but the full back made it clear he wanted to play for one of the continent’s elite clubs. His wish was granted in 2008 when Barcelona agreed a fee which eventually rose to £30m.
He enjoyed phenomenal success in Spain and won every competition in which he played, at least once. Six La Liga winners’ medals, 5 in the Copa Del Rey and Supercopa, 3 Champions Leagues, 2 UEFA Cups, 4 European Super Cups and 3 Club World Cups, make Alves one of the most highly decorated players in European football history.
If the deal is completed, he is expected to make his debut for Juventus in the pre-season friendly at London’s Olympic Stadium. The Italians will face West Ham to officially open the capital’s newest Premier League venue.
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