Dani Alves has declined an offer to join Manchester City after his present club, Paris Saint-Germain, offered to double what the Premier League team had agreed to pay him.
Alves, 34, had verbally agreed to a two-year deal to return to his former boss from Barcelona, Pop Guardiola, at City. However, he is now set to sign a contract with the Ligue 1 side PSG that is thought to be worth around £12 million a year.
Manchester City were reportedly unwilling to match the salary. Had they done so he would have become one of the best paid players at the Etihad Stadium.
There are reports that Guardiola is now furious about Alves’ late change of heart having given the player extra time off after his wedding last Saturday.
He was scheduled to arrive in Manchester this week to undergo a medical and sign a contract before joining the squad that is heading to the United States for a preseason tour.
However, the team still has the chance of having at least one new full-back on the tour as they are making progress in their attempts to sign Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy and it is thought that a deal will be announced soon.
Furthermore, City is confident of agreeing a deal for Tottenham Hotspur’s Kyle Walker who was always the club’s first choice of right-back, even before Alves’ change of mind.
Nonetheless, they will be looking to bring in at least one more full-back after allowing Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy to leave on free transfers at the end of last season.
At present the first-team squad has just one senior full-back, Aleksandar Kolarov, and the young Spanish full-back Pablo Maffeo will take part in the tour of the United States.