Football: Dani Alves tells Juventus he wants to leave amid Manchester City interest

Juventus' Dani Alves looking dejected after the match between Juventus and Real Madrid in the Uefa Champions League Final on June 3, 2017.
Juventus' Dani Alves looking dejected after the match between Juventus and Real Madrid in the Uefa Champions League Final on June 3, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

(GUARDIAN) - Brazilian right-back Dani Alves has told Juventus he wants to leave amid interest from Manchester City.

The 34-year-old is keen to link up at City with Pep Guardiola, who managed him at Barcelona.

Alves' agent had a meeting with Juventus on Monday and made the club aware of his client's desire to move on.

He is awaiting the go-ahead from the Italian champions to begin talks with City.

Discussions are also planned with Chelsea but Alves' preference is to move to the Etihad Stadium.

Alves won three LaLiga titles and two Champions League trophies during Guardiola's four years in charge at Camp Nou, between 2008-2012.

The defender is full of admiration for the 46-year-old, something that was made clear in an article he wrote for the Players' Tribune website in the build-up to the Champions League final earlier this month.

"If you turn the word 'computer' backwards, it spells (former Apple co-founder) 'Steve Jobs'. If you turn the word ' football' backwards, it spells 'Pep'," wrote Alves.

"He is a genius. I'll say it again. A genius."

Alves has one year remaining on his contract at Juventus having moved there from Barcelona on a free transfer last summer.

He initially struggled to make an impact in Turin and last November suffered a broken leg in a defeat at Genoa , which appeared to have brought his time at the club to a premature end.

But Alves recovered and went onto excel for Massimiliano Allegri's side, proving an important figure in their Serie A title-winning run and progress to the Champions League final, where they lost 4-1 to Real Madrid .

City believe a bid of around £5m (S$8.7 million) may be sufficient to secure his transfer and should they sign Alves, it would be the club's third acquisition of the summer, following the captures of Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva from Monaco and Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica .