Dani Alves is set to leave Barcelona after failing to agree on a contract extension with the Catalan club. Several clubs, including Manchester United, Lazio and PSG, were interested in the Brazilian’s signature. However he ultimately chose to sign for Internazionale, receiving an astonishing €10m in sign-on bonus as well as a €180.000 weekly wage.
DANI ALVES LEAVES BARCELONA FOR MILANO
The 32-year old right-back started his career at Bahia in the Brazilian Série A. As soon as he became a regular starter for the team he quickly attracted interest from European clubs. He came to join Sevilla on a loan deal which was later on turned into a permanent deal for a shy €1m. It turned out to be a great deal for the Sevillistas as the emerging Brazilian would become one of the world’s best right-backs in just a couple of seasons. His great performances for Sevilla was topped by winning the UEFA Cup (now renamed Europa League) in 2007. He only spent another year at Sevilla before becoming one of the world’s most expensive defenders when he made the €30m move to Barcelona.
At Barcelona he became an integral part of a team that is widely considered as one of the best teams ever and has won everything worth winning with them. He made a total of 214 La Liga appearances for the Blaugraunas during his 7 season stay at Camp Nou. However, during his last season he and Barcelona couldn’t agree on terms for a contract extension, Alves wanted 3 years whilst Barcelona only offered him 2. When Spanish media got hold of the contract breakdown several clubs became interested in Alves, he was primarily linked with moves to Premier League and Ligue 1. Instead Alves chose to sign with Luís Figo’s Inter, a move the Brazilian defender seems to be genuinely happy about. He will however not be eligible until the start of the transfer window.
”I’m not going to lie, I wanted to stay at Barcelona. It is the best club in the world. But there were certain things we couldn't agree on. I am however delighted to have moved to Milano and Internazionale. The Italian Serie A is a league on the rise again and I believe this will be an exiting journey.”