Brazilian superstar Alves announces ‘Chelsea got involved in talks’ as Stamford Bridge move was close
PSG star Dani Alves has revealed he came close to signing for both Chelsea and Real Madrid before completing his move to Barcelona.
The PSG right-back has played for a number of Europe’s top clubs, including Barcelona and Juventus, and has still shown over the last few seasons that he is still able to compete at the very highest level on a consistent basis.
He has been long linked with a move to the Premier League, with reports suggesting Chelsea even tried to make a move way before he eventually signed for the French Champions Just a few seasons ago.
And with Maurizio Sarri looking to improve the squad this transfer window, there has been some reports suggesting that Chelsea could reignite their interest in the Brazilian, especially after it emerged that he is interested in leaving PSG this transfer window.
But now, amid all the speculation, Alves has admitted that he almost signed for Chelsea and Madrid before he eventually signed for Barcelona.
Alves told ESPN: ”I’ll be honest with you, I was 95 percent close to signing with Real Madrid. However, [former Sevilla president Jose Maria] Del Nido is a very tough dude. Chelsea also got involved [in talks] and they started to play along.
“He dealt with one side and he told them that the other team was willing to pay even more money than them. Then I had to make a decision and in the end, I stayed with Sevilla.
“I was very close to signing with Real Madrid, but fate got in the way. It said that my history was going to be made with Barcelona, as I had dreamed as a kid. And you have to make dreams come true, instead of nightmares.”
Alves was once the best right back in world football and there were not too many players out there that could compete with the Brazilian, but he is now 36-years of age and coming towards the back-end of his career.
So if Sarri needs an experienced right-back to come in and help keep the bench warm then Alves could be good, But if he doesnt get the game time he wants, then he could cause some trouble. So maybe the best thing for him to do is not make the switch and turn his attentions to a younger, fresher wing-back.