Alves joins Serie A champs Juve

LONDON • Juventus have confirmed the signing of Dani Alves on a two-year contract, with the defender given the option to extend the deal by another 12 months.

The Brazilian, who departed Barcelona at the end of last season after eight years at the Nou Camp, underwent a medical check-up in Turin on Monday morning and was greeted by hundreds of Bianconeri supporters upon his arrival.

The 33-year-old becomes the Serie A champions' third signing of the summer, following the acquisitions of Miralem Pjanic from Roma and Mario Lemina from Marseille.

"Juventus Football Club can today confirm that Dani Alves has agreed terms on a two-year contract with the club until June 30, 2018 with an option for an additional year," read a club statement.

"The unrelenting success and remarkable consistency of the second most decorated player in Uefa competition history has seen the Brazilian deservedly be considered among the greatest wing-backs of his generation."

Alves won 23 trophies with Barcelona, including three Champions Leagues and six La Liga titles, but fell out with manager Luis Enrique last season. He was reportedly dropped against Valencia for posting a video impersonating his wife consoling him following Barca's Champions League quarter-final defeat by Atletico Madrid.

The Brazilian was previously linked with a move to Premier League side Manchester United, but has instead chosen to work with Massimiliano Allegri.

Juve are also fighting for Paul Pogba to remain with the club following interest from Real Madrid, who are said to be willing to make the France midfielder the world's most expensive player.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2016, with the headline 'Alves joins Serie A champs Juve'. Print Edition | Subscribe