Juventus sign Dani Alves on a free transfer

Dani Alves has agreed terms on a two-year contract with the Bianconeri until 30 June 2018 with an option for a third year.

The Brazil international became a free agent this summer after his contract with FC Barcelona expired. He had a remarkable career in Catalunya deservedly be considered among the greatest wing-backs of his generation.

Alves played a key role in Barcelona's success, including a history-making pair of domestic and European trebles. Despite his age he is still explosively athletic, sharp in the tackle and possessing the sort of vision and weight of pass that normally characterise attacking midfielders, the 33-year old fits the mould of the modern full-back.

He signed for FC Barcelona in 2008 for €35m (£26.5m), which made him the third on a list with the most expensive defenders.

Alves made a total of 29 league appearances for the Spanish champions in the 2015/16 season. In total he made 391 appearances for Barca (247 in La Liga and 80 in the Champions League).

Club Period MP G A
2008-16 391 21 102

If we look at his statistics last season unsurprisingly he excelled particularly in his offensive duties, completing almost double the average number of forward passes compared to any other full-back in La Liga (50.31 per game vs. 28.34) while supplying just under three times as many crosses (3.45 vs. 1.25).

He also had a high rate of recoveries (5.07 vs. 3.62) and it is clear that the Bianconeri are acquiring a defender of immense aggression, drive and extraordinary technical quality, who promises to provide an added angle of attack for Massimiliano Allegri’s outfit down the right side.