Juventus identify Darmian as Dani Alves replacement

Looks like one of Pep Guardiola's most trusted lieutenants during his time in Barcelona may join him soon in Manchester.

Alves is said to be extremely keen to work with Pep Guardiola at City after the pair enjoyed a fruitful four-year relationship together at Barcelona between 2008 and 2012, and the attacking right-back would be something of a coup for the Citizens if he made a decision to head to the Emirates.

And renowned Sky Italia journalist, Fabrizio Romano, claims the likelihood is he will cancel his contract with the Italian champions after just one season.

Maradona's retort to Alves comes after the right-back indicated that he could not compare Lionel Messi to his Argentinian counterpart due to the former Napoli forward's infamous unseen handball in 1986.

City sources expect the deal to be completed shortly, barring any unforeseen issues, and it is possible that Juventus will make their position on Alves official in the next 48 hours. "If you turn the word "computer" backwards, it spells "Steve Jobs".

Mattia de Sciglio has been one of the names linked with Juventus in recent months, but Gazzetta dello Sport reports Bianconeri are interested in Manchester United man Matteo Darmian.

But Alves recovered and went onto excel for Massimiliano Allegri's side, proving an important figure in their Serie A title-winning run and progress to the Champions League final, where they lost 4-1 to Real Madrid.

City were willing to pay around £5m for the Brazilian but he will now make the switch on a free transfer, according to Goal.

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