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Report: Manchester City Closing in on Dani Alves Signing

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The Brazilian full-back may be on his way out of Turin with Manchester in his sights.

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Manchester City look to continue their summer spending spree by adding heavily at the full-back spot.

With the departures of Gaël Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta plus the expected loan of Pablo Maffeo, the only full-back in the squad at this point is Aleksandar Kolarov, who has played more centrally in defense under Pep Guardiola.

City supporters have heard the names since the season ended: Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker seem to be the top targets for Guardiola, but Ryan Bertrand from Southampton was also thrown out as a cheaper and possibly second choice target for the left side.

City still seem confident of getting those three, but a report from Goal's Sam Lee has come out linking City with former Pep full-back and Juventus star Dani Alves.

Alves spent eight years at Barcelona with half his time there coming under City's current manager. Together the Brazilian and Catalan won 14 trophies in four years, a truly unbelievable return. Despite the advanced age of Alves (34) he still plays with the passion and intensity of a younger man. If City are to compete on four fronts next season depth will be key, and Alves wouldn't be a bad alternative right back option.

Another thing the Brazilian could bring to City is a true winning mentaility. A lot of the players in the squad who last won the league with City have moved on and some of the team's key contributors last season have never won a league title or even competed in a Champions League final. Alves could be a mentor to players like Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané off the pitch while continuing to provide bombing runs forward on the pitch.

It seems clear Alves has great respect for Guardiola and a reunion in Manchester seems to only be days away. What do you think of the potential third City signing of the summer?