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Dani Alves has revealed that he already had a personal agreement with Liverpool in 2006 and that he still craves Premier League play. The Brazilian full-back became a top target following an exemplary stint at Sevilla with several top Europeans clubs vying for his signature.
Liverpool was among the long list of clubs wanting to sign him and came close to sealing a deal, but was left empty-handed and, two years later, Alves transferred to Barcelona where he spent eight trophy-laden seasons.
“I pretty much had an agreement with Liverpool,” the buccaneering defender told FourFourTwo.
“But for whatever reason it didn’t happen at the last moment and I really don’t know why, as I wasn’t the one conducting the negotiations.
“I had other people representing me back then.
“Something similar happened later in my career with Chelsea and Real Madrid.
“Of course, it all worked out happily for the Cules [Barcelona supporters] in the end, and also for me as I was able to write an amazing story at the Camp Nou instead.”
Alves was once the subject of transfer speculation over the summer with England the supposed destination. Manchester City was reportedly eager to sign a deal which would have reunited the 34-year-old with his former Barca boss Pep Guardiola.
French giants Paris Saint-Germain thwarted those plans, though, with a switch to Ligue 1 made once negotiating an exit from Juventus.
Having committed to a two-year contract at Parc des Princes, the chances of Alves now playing for a Premier League club now looks slim, but an iconic figure of the modern age is open to the possibility.
He added: “I still have this ambition, yes. But I don’t know if it will happen now.
“I think there are plenty of things to do here first with PSG.”
Alves has helped PSG to set the early title pace in Ligue 1 this season, while a 5-0 mauling of Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday has already earned them a place in the last-16 of Europe’s premier club competition.