Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Brazil international defender Dani Alves.
Alves negotiated his release from Juventus at the end of June and had been expected to come to the Premier League with Manchester City.
But the 34-year-old was approached by PSG last weekend and will instead ply his trade in France’s Ligue 1 after signing a two-year deal.
The formal Sevilla and Bacelona,34, defender become the 30th Brazilian to play for the Ligue 1 club.
“I’m extremely happy to sign for PSG,” Alves said at his unveiling. “In recent years, I have been able to gauge the incredible growth of this club, which has become a European football powerhouse. It’s very exciting to now be part of this great project! In all the clubs where I have played, I have always given my best to help my teams achieve as much as possible. Believe me, I am coming to Paris to win. I know the ambitions of my new club and the expectations of its many fans around the world. We’re going to share in some great times, I’m certain of that.”
“If Pep Guardiola and Manchester City feel hurt, I apologise to them. However, I have come here to become a champion.”
PSG are looking to bounce back from missing out to Monaco on the domestic title last season and Alves brings experience of almost constant success with him to the French capital.
He won six La Liga and three Champions League titles in his time at Barcelona and helped Juventus to Serie A and Coppa Italia glory in his one season in Turin.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi added: “Daniel has not only been one of the best defenders in the world for a dozen years, he is also a favourite figure for football enthusiasts across all continents.
“His drive and energy will bring a lot to our squad and our fans will love his rage to always be conquering.
“By choosing PSG, Dani has proved the vitality and attractiveness of our project.”
Alves has signed in time to be part of PSG’s International Champions Cup squad in the United States this summer and takes some pressure off of positional rival Thomas Meunier’s recovery from surgery on a left ankle problem before the end of last campaign.