Dani Alves snubs Man City to become 'a champion' at PSG on purported £230,000 weekly wage
Dani Alves has claimed he snubbed Pep Guardiola because he believes Paris St-Germain offer a better chance of winning silverware than Manchester City. But City believe Alves's head was turned by PSG's promise of a two year contract worth almost double the £120,000 a week they were offering. PSG are purported to be paying the Brazil right back around £230,000 a week - or almost £24 million over two years - a sum City were unwilling to match for a 34-year-old whom they had identified mainly as cover for their another target, Kyle Walker, of Tottenham. Had City paid such a salary, it would have put Alves close to the top of City's wage structure and potentially other created problems. Nonetheless, City were left blindsided by PSG's dramatic late move for Alves having been convinced that he would join them and reunite with Guardiola, under whom he played at Barcelona. And the news has left City on the back foot in their pursuit of Walker and will dramatically boost Tottenham's hopes for a fee close to their £50 million valuation of the England right back. Daniel Levy is holding out for a huge fee for Kyle Walker Credit: REUTERS Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is determined to extract a high price from City for Walker and his position has only been strengthened by the Alves developments with Guardiola desperate for a new right back. Alves terminated his contract with Juventus early this month and believes PSG offer a better chance than City of adding to the three Champions League titles he won with Barcelona. Alves's new wife, Joana Sanz, whom he married in Ibiza last Saturday, is also thought to have favoured a move to Paris over Manchester. "There's a very interesting project in Paris," he said. "I have friends here, I'm a man who loves challenges. Dani Alves wants to be 'a champion' at PSG Credit: AFP "If Pep Guardiola and Manchester City feel hurt, I am sorry. But I have come here to be a champion. "I've had the pleasure of winning the Champions League three times and I want to bring my experience here. "The President had a great power of persuasion. I like to make history. We can write it together here. "The work that the club has been doing over the past several years is very encouraging. It's an ambitious team." City have agreed a deal with Brazilian club Vasco da Gama to sign highly rated teenage midfielder Douglas Luiz for £10.7 million. City have been tracking Luiz since last year and have now moved to secure the 19-year-old's services. It is expected that Luiz, a Brazilian Under-20 international, will initially be loaned out, probably to Spanish club Girona in whom City are about to acquire a near 50 per cent stake, rather than immediately join Guardiola's first team squad. Newcastle United, Sheffield Wednesday, Fulham and Preston North End are all interested in signing City defender Tosin Adarabioyo on a season long loan. Adarabioyo has just signed a new contract with City worth at least £30,000 a week but the player is unlikely to feature much for the club next season and wants to experience in the Premier League or Championship.