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Dani Alves: Perfect Addition To Spurs Squad

 • by Thomas McIlroy
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Tottenham Hotspur have started talks with Dani Alves over a potential summer transfer.

That is according to Yahoo, who say an initial two-year deal with an option for a third season has been put on the table.

But more detailed talks will reportedly take place after the 34-year-old’s current side Juventus play Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Cardiff early next month.

We look into a potential move.

Why would Tottenham want him?

The speculation regarding Kyle Walker’s future won’t go away.

The Sun is today reporting the Manchester City transfer target has made it clear that he wants to leave Tottenham this summer.

While Pep Guardiola’s side are thought to be in pole position for him, it is reported that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is hoping he’ll be subject of a bidding war to push the price up.

And Tottenham currently have two good full-backs for each position – Walker and Kieran Trippier on the right and Danny Rose and Ben Davies on the left.

So with a potential Walker departure, it would make sense for Mauricio Pochettino to look for another full-back.

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Alves could play as a right-back in a four and as a right wing-back with three at the back, both of which Tottenham have lined up with.

When Juventus have played with three at the back this season, he has also on occasions featured as the right centre-back, and his versatility would be useful.

And everyone knows his quality.

The former Barcelona man is arguably one of the best right-backs of all time.

Despite being 34 years of age, he’s definitely still got it too, as he proved against Monaco in the Champions League semi-final, when he absolutely ran the show from a more advanced role down the right.

He’s been one of the signings of the season in Europe – an absolute bargain for a free transfer – and Barcelona have failed to properly replace him, with neither Sergi Roberto nor Aleix Vidal quite offering what Alves consistently does both going forward and defensively.

He would, of course, want first team football, though, and that would be a massive blow for Trippier, who’s been a patient understudy to Walker since arriving from Burnley, before really proving himself as one of the best in his position in the Premier League towards the end of this season.

Trippier’s good form is the reason a Walker wouldn’t be as missed as he should be.

And at 26, Trippier would definitely want to be a first-team regular.

How does Alves compare?

If you have a look at the league statistics this season of Alves, Walker and Tripper, the Brazilian does come out of it looking rather favourably.

Dani Alves compared to Tottenham's right-backs

Going forward, you can definitely see what he offers compared to the Spurs duo.

Per 90 minutes, he has more shots (1.27) than Walker (0.63) or Trippier (0.54).

He also creates more chances per 90 minutes (2.26), with Walker on 1.3 and Trippier on 1.63.

In terms of taking people on, Alves also comes out on top, winning 69.23 per cent of his take-ons, which works out at 1.27 successful take-ons per 90 minutes.

But defensively, it is definitely a bit tighter, which is no surprise given that the Brazilian’s reputation is largely based on him being a brilliant attacking full-back.

Trippier wins the most tackles out of the trio, with 2.36 per 90 minutes compared to Alves’ 1.38 and Spurs team-mate Walker’s 1.76.

The Tottenham duo also both make more clearances per 90 minutes than the Juventus right-back, with Walker making 3.32 and Tripper making 2.54.

Alves has averaged just 1.06.

But the Brazilian does tend to make more interceptions per 90 minutes, with 2.04 in the league this season, compared to Walker’s 1.2 and Trippier’s 0.91.

A good move?

While it would clearly be a departure from the club’s typical recruitment policy, Alves would definitely offer a very good alternative to Trippier at right-back should Walker leave.

Tottenham Hotspur full-back Kyle Walker

He would of course want to be first choice, but his age means he cannot play every game.

In fact, at Juventus, he has only played 18 Serie A games this season.

He would bring experience in winning titles not only domestically but continentally to a squad that is very talented but lacking in that department.

In fact, only Toby Alderweireld has been part of a team that has claimed a title in Europe’s top five leagues, and even then he only started 10 times for Atlético Madrid in their 2013/14 success.

Alves has six La Ligas, three Champions Leagues, three Club World Cups and five Copas del Rey.

He also was part of the Juventus side that lifted the Coppa Italia yesterday and could claim a famous treble in Turin, with both the Serie A title and Champions League success real possibilities.

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Alves may well be willing to move on if he achieves so much in his first year in Italy.

It would be unlikely to get any better after a treble win.

Before he moved to Barcelona, he was a Chelsea transfer target, and last year he told The Guardian he would still like to play in England.

“It’s special: there’s a corner and it’s like it’s a goal,” he said.

“I’ve always said that playing in England is something I’ve got pending.

“I don’t know when but I’d like to play there, to experience in person what I see from the sofa.

“The way the people live football. Wow, it’s incredible. Full stadiums, living every moment.”

The 34-year-old does have another year left on his Juventus contract, which, according to Total Sportek, works out at £65,000 weekly.

Tottenham obviously have the finances to better that, and while it may not necessarily fit with the plan in terms of offering salaries to players of a certain age, he would be unlikely to command a massive fee.

But should he bring success to Pochettino’s side, you can’t really put a price on that.

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