Jesus lifts lid on conversation with City target Alves

Alves has negotiated a release from his Juventus contract a year early and a move to City is set to be sealed in days.

He was linked with a move to City but their capture of Alves may end that interest and Chelsea may decide to switch targets, although at £40m he is a far more expensive option.

The defender is now on holiday in Brazil, where the local edition of Goal says he was offered two million euros more to join the Premier League title holders.

"I would like to thank all the Juventus fans for the year I experienced, the teammates for welcoming me like the professionals that they are, for a club that wins and reaches finals", he wrote on Instagram.

He made a total of 33 appearances for the club.

In a short statement, the Serie A champions noted Alves' achievements in his one-year stay in Turin, which included a sixth consecutive Italian league title and Coppa Italia triumph.

Juventus chief Giuseppe Marotta revealed last week that the two parties had come to a mutual agreement regarding Alves' proposed transfer. "Even though it appears that I am not flawless, my heart is pure".

"As everyone knows, I always say what I think and feel, so I feel that I should say thank you to Mr Marota [sic] for the opportunity he gave me, he's a great professional and someone who loves his job like few others", he added. "I've left the work to my agents, and they've said they'd talk to me once they found a resolution", Alves was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

"I LOVE FOOTBALL and money is never going to keep me somewhere". Both are reportedly interested in the right-back who can also operate in a right-wing back role as Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte seek to bolster their respective squads ahead of the new campaign.

  • Stacy Allen