Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dani Alves confirms PSG interest; Wage demands kept Tevez at City

FC Barcelona right-back Dani Alves has revealed that French giants PSG were interested in signing him during the summer transfer window, Sky Sports understands.

“They made contact in the summer after everything that had been said in the media,” confirmed Dani Alves.

“I know that they contacted a lot of players and are building a great side.

“They did talk to my representatives about the possibility of a move but that was low because my price is very high and they quickly moved on to talk to others.”

Since Paris Saint-Germain did not meet the Catalans’ valuation of Alves, Les Parisiens eventually signed Holland international full-back Gregory van der Wiel from his boyhood club Ajax Amsterdam.

Van der Wiel has started one French Ligue 1 match for PSG in 2012-13.

Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Dani Alves has made 10 starts for club and country this season.

In addition, the Brazil international refused to rule out a move to Paris Saint-Germain, insisting that “one never knows what the future holds”.

Alves has been an integral part of Barcelona’s success since joining the Spanish giants from Sevilla in 2008, tallying 11 goals and 45 assists in 135 league appearances for the Catalans.

Martin Montoya, who represented Spain at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, could eventually replace Dani Alves at right-back at the Camp Nou.

Wage demands kept Tevez at City

According to PSG chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi, Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez’s wage demands prevented him from moving to the Parc des Princes in January 2012, Sky Sports reports.

“If the transfer was not sorted out, it was not because he didn’t want to come, but because we didn’t accept his wage demands,” Al-Khelaifi told Sportbild.

“He wanted to come. We don’t pay too big wages to our players. Last winter Carlos Tevez asked too much and didn’t match the club’s philosophy. So we refused.”

The former Manchester United man was reportedly set to exit the Etihad Stadium following an on-going feud with manager Roberto Mancini which originated when Tevez allegedly refused to go on the pitch in a UEFA Champions League match against Bayern Munich.

That seems like a distant memory at the moment, with the Argentine having re-established himself in City’s first-team picture this season.

Despite starting the 2012-13 English Premier League campaign on solid form, Tevez was left out of Argentina’s squad for the upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifying double-header against Uruguay and Chile by national team boss Sergio Batista.

Batista preferred 28-year-old Palmeiras striker Hernan Barcos to Tevez. Barcos’ only international cap came against Brazil in the infamous Superclásico de las Américas on 19 September 2012.

Take your pick. Barcos or Tevez?


Shawn Etemadi



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