Dani Alves will continue the Brazilianization of Paris Saint-Germain’s defense.
Alves has agreed to join PSG from Barcelona, Radio Marca reported Wednesday. The veteran fullback will move to Paris this summer as a free agent, ending a success-filled, seven-year career with Barcelona.
Marca reports Alves signed a three-year contract, which pays him ?9 million per season (£6.4 million/$9.5 million), Tuesday. Alves reportedly spurned interest from Manchester United and other Premier League clubs, preferring an adventure in the French capital instead.
Alves, 31, will find many familiar faces upon arriving in France. Thiago Silva and David Luiz, Alves’ teammates on Brazil’s national team, anchor PSG’s defense. Maxwell, who has played sporadically for Brazil in recent years, also features regularly for PSG at fullback.
Marquinhos, 20, also plays both center and right back for PSG. Many fans of the club and Brazil have pinned their hopes for the future on him, as is the case with winger Lucas Moura, 22.
The Alves news ends the uncertainty over his next move, which has been stewing since last summer when it became clear that Barcelona would not offer him a contract extension.
Alves joined Barcelona from Sevilla in 2008. He helped the Spanish giant win 15 major trophies (and counting) and is considered the best attacking fullback of his generation.
Alves also has played 79 games for Brazil since making his international debut in 2007.
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