Manchester City close in on full-back signing

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And The Sun report Guardiola wants 34-year-old Alves to bring stability to the City defence.

And if Alves is suddenly available on a free instead of the mooted £5 million price-tag, he will become an even more appealing option for top clubs.

Despite having only arrived at the club last summer from Barcelona, rumours intensified over the weekend that Alves had requested to leave the Turin giants in the coming months.

Juventus full-back Dani Alves has appeared to rubbish suggestions that he is closing in on a move to the Premier League, labelling the recent reports as "shit".

And with City set to compete on four fronts next season, the presence of Alves and Walker in the squad will enable Guardiola to rotate his right-backs efficiently.

"Manchester City have approached Juventus over a move for Dani Alves, with Pep Guardiola prepared to offer the Brazil global a two-year contract as he steps up his recruitment drive for next season", the report suggests.

Chelsea are also interested, but look likely to lose that race.

Guardiola will see Alves as an ideal reinforcement for a defence depleted by the departures of full-backs Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna.

The 23-year-old is a key target for Liverpool, where manager Jurgen Klopp is an admirer of his energy, explosiveness and ability to perform a variety of attacking roles. If you turn the word "football" backwards, it spells "Pep'".

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