Dani Alves: I could have joined Premier League team

Dani Alves has revealed that he could have joined Liverpool in 2006, but that things fell through for financial reasons.

A Sevilla defender at the time, the Brazilian was taking La Liga by storm with his attacking forays.

Manager Rafael Benitez considered him as a priority, but, as CEO Rick Parry confirmed later, the Brazilian international didn’t move to Liverpool because of disagreements between the two sides.

“I pretty much had an agreement with Liverpool,” Alves said ahead of PSG’s game against Anderlecht. “But, for whatever reason, it didn’t happen at the last moment and I really don’t know why as I wasn’t the one conducting the negotiations.

“I had other people representing me back then. Something similar happened later in my career with Chelsea and Real Madrid.

“Of course, it all worked out happily for the Cules [Barcelona fans] in the end, and also for me as I was able to write an amazing story at the Camp Nou instead.”

Alves ended up moving to Barcelona in 2008, and won three Champions League titles in the bargain.

He was close to signing with Manchester City this summer, before joining Paris Saint-Germain.