'Incredible' Dani Alves can transform Tottenham from nearly-men into winners

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino (L) greets Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg football...

Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City have both been tipped to bring Dani Alves to the Premier League for the first time.

Dani Alves of Brazil lifts the trophy following the Copa America Brazil 2019 Final match between Brazil and Peru at Maracana Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

No one in the history of world football can rival Dani Alves in the trophy-winning stakes.

Not Pele, not Diego Maradona, not even Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi can better the rampaging right-back’s tally of 43 winner’s medals in a quite remarkable career at club and international level.

Alves has won in Spain, France and Italy while lifting the Champions League on three separate occasions. And, as of July, he is also a Copa America winner, emerging triumphant at the end of a tournament in which a 36-year-old full-back was by far the stand out performer.

 

So just imagine the impact Alves would have at a Tottenham Hotspur side who have grown so glumly accustomed to being forever the bridesmaid.

The Sun claims that Spurs are keen on the former Barcelona, PSG and Juventus star, whose elite winning mentality and boisterous personality would make him a huge presence on and off the pitch in north London.

Dani Alves of Brazil celebrates after the Copa America Brazil 2019 Semi Final match between Brazil and Argentina at Mineirao Stadium on July 02, 2019 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

But Alves’ availability hasn’t gone unnoticed elsewhere, as you might expect. Ex-Barca boss Pep Guardiola knows just how brilliant he is, even as he approaches 40, and made little attempt to play down speculation surrounding a reunion at Manchester City.

“All the important clubs in the world know his situation and the incredible player he is,” Guardiola told City’s official website.

But this feels like an opportunity Tottenham can’t afford to miss. It’s not every day a player like Alves is available for free and he could be that sort of galvanising figure who helps complete Spurs’ transformation from nearly men to winners.

Dani Alves of Paris Saint-Germain reacts during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and Dijon FCO at Parc des Princes on May 18, 2019 in Paris, France.

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