Liga MX side Pumas UNAM have completed the signing of Brazilian right-back Dani Alves, it was announced on Saturday.
Alves’ arrival in Mexico City makes the former Barcelona defender the hottest addition to the league’s summer transfer window.
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“Dani Alves, we are waiting for you,” Pumas teased of Alves’ arrival on Twitter.
The club’s official Twitter account then posted a video on Saturday of 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 an additional year. Recently a free agent after leaving Barcelona, the Brazil international has hinted at a possible move to Mexico via social media posts earlier this week.
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The 39-year-old, who is football’s most decorated male player thanks to his astonishing tally of 44 titles, will be looking to revive a Pumas side that have not won a league since 2011. Alongside his illustrious tenures with Brazil and Barcelona, he also had club spells with Sevilla, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
Alves is looking to remain Brazil’s image ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
Traditionally considered 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 important acquisition of the summer, the club’s ownership appear to be pushing harder to add more options to manager Andres Lillini’s setup.
Alves could also potentially face his former side this summer when the Pumas take on Barcelona in the annual Joan Gamper Trophy match on August 6. The Liga MX club came on as a replacement for AS Roma after they withdrew from the exhibition game.