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