Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Dani Alves from Juventus in the summer transfer window
Spanish publication Sport have reported that Chelsea have set their sights on former Barcelona defender Dani Alves, and are keen to sign him from Juventus in the summer transfer window.
Alves has arguably been one of the finest defenders in the world for several seasons now, and many even say that he could be considered as one of the best right-backs of all-time.
The Brazilian enjoyed the best years of his career in eights seasons with Barcelona, winning everything there is to win at the club level before moving to Juventus last summer. His undoubted influence can also be judged by the fact that the Catalan club have massively struggled to replace him on the right side of their defence
His career in Turin, though, has been a topsy turvy one as he hasn’t quite been a mainstay in defence for the Bianconeri, managing just 17 appearances in Serie A. However, he has been ever present for Juventus in the Champions League, often saving his best for the premier European cup competition.
Overall, Alves has been error prone from time to time, but has held his own on most occasions. In addition to that, he also boasts a respectable return of four goals and seven assists in 28 appearances across all competitions.
And while the best days of his career may be behind him, he is still considered as an option worth considering in the transfer market for one European heavyweight. Chelsea are keen to recruit a few defenders in the summer transfer window and have Alves firmly on their radar for right wing-back slot.
Victor Moses has been a revelation as a makeshift right wing-back this season, and is an unsung hero in Chelsea’s charge to reclaim the Premier League title. So much so, that the West London club even rewarded him with a new long-term contract that comes with a significant hike in pay.
However, with Chelsea set to compete on all four fronts next season, Antonio Conte cannot bank on just Moses as his only option as right wing-back for the entirety of the campaign. He is, thus, eager to recruit a top quality player for that position in the summer, thereby turning his attention towards Alves.
The 34-year-old has prior experience of winning the Champions League on multiple occasions, and his stellar performances in the competition this season suggest that he still has what it takes to rank among the best at the topmost level.
And it is that experience that the Chelsea boss is seeking ahead of a return to the Champions League next season, as Alves can become a solid short-term solution for them.
The Blues will wait until the end of the campaign to reach out to Juventus for the Brazilian, whose still has little over a year remaining on his current deal with them.
The Italian champions might be unwilling to let Alves go in the summer as he has turned into a key figure for them, and it remains to be seen if Chelsea can manage to land him in the summer.