Liga MX club Pumas UNAM have completed the signing of Brazilian right-back Dani Alves, it was announced on Saturday.
Alves’ arrival in Mexico City makes the ex-Barcelona defender the most prominent signing of La Liga’s summer transfer window.
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“Dani Alves we are waiting for you,” Pumas teased Alves’ arrival on Twitter.
The club’s official Twitter account published a video later on Saturday Alves signs his contract with the club.
ESPN Mexico reported on Thursday that Pumas and Alves have agreed to a one-year contract with an option for a further year. The Brazil international, who recently worked as a free agent after leaving Barcelona, hinted at a potential move to Mexico Social Media Posts earlier this week.
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The 39-year-old, who is the most successful male soccer player thanks to his staggering 44 titles tally, will try to revive a Pumas side that haven’t won a league since 2011. Along with his illustrious tenures at Brazil and Barcelona , he also had club stints at Sevilla, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
Alves is trying to remain the image for Brazil ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
Traditionally regarded as one of the ‘Big Four’ in Liga MX, Pumas have been criticized in recent seasons for not spending enough on new players and relying on a shallow roster. With Alves in the squad as the sixth and most prominent signing of the summer, the club’s owners seem more keen to add more options to manager Andres Lillini’s line-up.
Alves could also potentially face his former team this summer when the Pumas take on Barcelona in the annual Joan Gamper Trophy game on August 6. The Liga MX club stepped in to replace AS Roma after withdrawing from exhibition play.
https://www.espn.com/soccer/soccer-transfers/story/4704727/brazils-dani-alves-signs-for-liga-mx-side-pumas-unam Brazil’s Dani Alves signs for Liga MX side Pumas UNAM