Spurs lining up sensational swoop for Alves

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Tottenham Hotspur are attempting to sign Dani Alves on a sensational free transfer, per Duncan Castles via The Transfer Window Podcast.

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The Brazil international, who helped his country to glory at the Copa America this summer, is available after leaving the French club at the end of the 2018/19 season.

And Castles, the Sunday Times and Daily Record journalist, reports that Spurs are attempting to strike a deal that would see Alves move to England.

He said: “If he’s going to stay in Europe, he has a long-held ambition to play in the Premier League and I understand that there’s been contact with Tottenham Hotspur about the possibility of Dani moving there in what would seem quite a strange addition for Tottenham, given that this is a club that is focused on younger players, players whose value will increase, players who they can get on reasonably cheap salaries.

“But bear in mind that Tottenham are looking to change things because of Mauricio Pochettino, for his demands to take the club to another level this summer.”

Castles also reports that both Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier could leave the club in this transfer window.

He added: “Both right-backs, they have a young right-back in their squad but if they were to move both of those players, you could see them needing an experienced figure there. You then, suddenly, because of PSG’s decision, have the option to recruit one of the best players in European football for the position, a player who has a record of leadership, of being a symbol within a dressing room, of pushing teams onwards to achieve things.”

Castles also believes that the deal could be done on the cheap, with Alves merely looking to extend his playing career until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“And (a deal) could be done, I would say, relatively cheaply in that there’s no transfer fee involved, you could probably be looking for a contract that allowed him to get to the World Cup, so probably being structured as a two-year deal with a one-year option, assuming he meets certain performance targets during his first two years at the club.

“I’m not saying this deal is going to happen, but I’m saying it is an option that’s being discussed and that Tottenham are in the chase to secure a kind of player that, I think, we’ve not seen in that area of London for a good, long, length of time.”

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An experienced addition

Spurs could do a lot worse than this deal.

Alves is a serial winner and he has been there and done it all with the likes of Barcelona, PSG and Brazil.

Spurs have lacked such a commanding figure in the squad for quite some time – Hugo Lloris has won the World Cup but he is not the most outspoken figure – and Alves would be able to inject some of his winning personality into the dressing room.

He is 36 and is in the twilight of his career but his performances at the Copa America, where he played six times and scored once, prove that he still has enough gas left in the tank to complete another big move.

A switch to Spurs could work out well for both parties; Alves gets to finally test himself in England and the north London club secure a proven winner.

They should look to get this over the line quickly.