Barcelona Legend Reveals Liverpool Pulled The Plug On £9m Deal To Sign Him In 2006

Dani Alves

Paris Saint-Germain full-back Dani Alves has revealed that he almost signed for Liverpool back in the summer of 2006, however, the move failed to materialise at the last moment.

The defender revealed that he had an agreement with Liverpool 11 years back and went on to quote that something similar happened when the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid came knocking on his doors.

In 2006, Alves was plying his trade with Sevilla and Rafa Benitez led Liverpool approached the club with a £9m offer. The La Liga side even agreed to the deal, only for the Reds to back out from the negotiations and instead sign Alvaro Arbeloa.

Just two seasons on, Alves decided to move to Barcelona and went on to become one of the most decorated full-backs of the current generation. Winning 6 La Liga titles and 3 UEFA Champions League crowns during his 8 years at the club, the Brazilian moved to Juventus on a free transfer in 2016 before eventually joining Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

Recalling the 11-year-old incident, Alves revealed that everything was done with Liverpool, but the move, however, failed for some reasons.

“I pretty much had an agreement with Liverpool,” he 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 fans) in the end, and also for me as I was able to write an amazing story at the Camp Nou instead.”

Safe to say Alves’ career would have panned out very differently if Liverpool had signed him back then. The Brazilian has played in Spain, Italy and France but has never played in the Premier League so far. A move to Manchester City was on the cards this summer, but PSG made an immediate swoop as soon as Alves made himself available. He was quipped if he would move to the Premier League in the future, and he simply said:

“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.”

Dani Alves, anyone?