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But rewind to 2009, when Manchester City were just starting to make their way into the upper echelons of the Premier League following a takeover, and Alves had no idea the club existed.

And The Sun report Guardiola wants 34-year-old Alves to bring stability to the City defence.

Tottenham defender, Kyle Walker is reportedly his top priority but the report goes on to suggest that the Manchester City manager is keen on recruiting two quality right-backs.

City boss Pep Guardiola is looking for a right-back after releasing both Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna this month and has identified his former player at Barcelona as the man to fill the role.

Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Alves, but the Brazilian may choose to work with Guardiola - a coach he has hailed in the past.

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Indeed, many of them take great pleasure in pointing out that United are actually based in Old Trafford, which is in Stretford, not Manchester, and that City are quite literally the only team in Manchester.

A saving of £35 million on a player of Alves' stature seems, then, like a clever piece of business.

If he signs for City, the Brazilian will become their third signing of the summer after they landed Bernardo Silva and Ederson.

'I wish you the best and hope to spend time together again soon. If you turn the word "football" backwards, it spells "Pep'".

But Alves appears to be unimpressed by the rumours, angrily responding to one Italian media company's speculative tweet.

  • Carlos Nash