The appointment of Brazilian Edu Gaspar as Arsenal’s new technical director was always going to draw links to his home nation – wasn’t it? After being linked with Copa America Golden Boot winner Everton Soares, the Europa League runners-up have now been linked to Player of the Tournament Dani Alves who is without a club following his release from Paris Saint-Germain. Many supporters at the Emirates would love to see the veteran make the move to North London.
Alves won the 40th trophy of his career after starring in Brazil’s 3-1 victory over Peru in the Copa America final becoming the most-decorated footballer of all time. The 36-year-old is out of contract after his two-year stay in France’s capital came to an end this season. It’s not the first time that the Brazilian has been linked to the Premier League after he very nearly joined Manchester City before opting for PSG in 2017 – some reports suggest Pep Guardiola’s side are again in for Alves this summer.
With just a reported £45m at manager Unai Emery’s disposal, a move for the free agent could make a lot of sense with just the agreement of a hefty weekly salary needing to be ironed out. Alves has won the Champions League three times with Barcelona as well as numerous domestic titles in Catalonia as well as in Italy with Juventus and most recently in France.
Arsenal’s summer activity so far has seemed to heavily centre around defensive improvements with recent bids for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney rejected and a move for French defender William Saliba looking more-and-more out of reach. Emery is sweating on the fitness of regular first-choice right-back Hector Bellerin ahead of the new season whilst his back-up Stephan Lichtsteiner was released from the club this summer resulting in many fans wanting to see Alves in a red shirt this season.
Read some of the thoughts of The Gunners faithful below:
People saying Dani Alves on a free is a bad idea, he's just won Copa America, he's the first player to win 40 trophies, he got best player in Copa America, yeah he's old but this guy knows how to win, and would be great back up for Bellerin, I'm all for it !! #arsenal #football
— Zaha-zEtte (@AFCLacazette1) July 14, 2019
— Özil’s Left Foot (@LeftOzil) July 15, 2019
— MightyVieira (@AfriGooner) July 14, 2019
I definitely would welcome Alves. Still has a bit in him. Definitely a lot better than Lichtsteiner. Would be a very good signing imo.
— ™️ (@AfcNas) July 14, 2019
The Dani Alves link comes from one random bloke. However, he is still without a club and could Edu influence things? It's possible even if we sign Tierney that both Bellerin and Tierney are not kit for the start of the season, so another RB would be nice. #AFC pic.twitter.com/CkWT0sAZMy
— PB (@OliPriceBates) July 14, 2019
Good he's worth it
— Shady Jarvis (@SJ_14_GUNNER) July 14, 2019
Dani Alves would brilliant for the club right now his experience and winning 40 trophies wow that experience and winning mentality we need lol
— mark G (@goodridgeAFC87) July 14, 2019
Ppl saying Dani Alves is past it ???? he's still the best RB on the planet ???????? oh n don't compare signing him to the lichy deal that's a stupid comparison ????♂️ I'd be delighted if he came in if his wages weren't too silly, never happening tho imo #AFC #COYG
— MancGoonian (@SiCoManc) July 14, 2019