Ex-Liverpool chief reveals club nearly signed Dani Alves

Lynette Rowe
June 27, 2017

Former Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry has revealed that Liverpool did not want to spend their budget on a full back so opted out of the deal to bring Dani Alves to Anfield in the summer of 2006.

The 100-time global star had been subject to keen interest from then-Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez in the summer of 2006, who had made the former Barcelona player a priority signing.

But Parry said a move failed to materialise because the club chose to spend the money on two players rather than one. Instead, the Reds purchased Jermaine Pennant from Birmingham City and Peter Crouch from Southampton.

"We had the deal - finally after enormous complications - tied up for Dani Alves and then the decision was should we buy two players or should we spend all of that on a full-back", he said in an interview with BBC Radio Merseyside. "Probably yes, but it's easy with hindsight".

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Alves - who Guardiola signed for Barcelona in 2008 - is expected to provide experienced back-up for No1 target Walker.

Goal's Brazilian outlet has revealed, however, that Alves opted to turn down a £6.15m-a-season deal from Premier League champions Chelsea to shake hands on a £4.4m-a-season contract with the Citizens - proof that the Brazil global was extremely keen to link up with Guardiola once again.

Dani Alves is on the cusp of being reunited with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, despite being offered a more lucrative contract to join Chelsea and a late attempt to "hijack" the deal from Tottenham Hotspur.

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