São Paulo Confirm Dani Alves’ Signing on a Free Transfer

Brasileiro Série A side São Paulo FC have confirmed the signing of veteran Brazilian full-back Dani Alves on a three-year deal.

Spanish champions Barcelona had been linked with a return of their former defender, who left Paris Saint-Germain this summer following the expiration of his contract.

Diario AS had cited a report in Goal outlining the agreement earlier on Thursday before the reports were confirmed, with the Brazilian also rejecting approaches from Juventus and Inter.

However, both Italian clubs only offered him contracts under two years, a factor that, despite him now being a 36-year-old, has been decisive in his decision to discard these offers and return to his country of birth after 17 years in Europe.

Alves played 391 games scoring 21 goals and contributing 103 assists with Barça between 2008 and 2016, after he joined the Catalonia side from Sevilla.

The Brazil international had stints with Juventus and PSG but had once again been a free agent this summer.

Alves leaves Europe as champion of the Copa América, being named the best player of the tournament coupled with winning a record 40 tournaments in his career.