Liverpool could have signed Dani Alves two years before the legendary Brazilian full-back joined Barcelona – and for half the price.
Don’t take our word for it, that’s come from Alves himself, who has been talking to Four Four Two.
Back in 2006, Alves was still at Sevilla, but Rafa Benitez wanted to bring him to Anfield, and the Brazil defender said it was close to being a done deal.
“Mate, I pretty much had an agreement with Liverpool,” he told the current issue of Four Four Two.
“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.”
Back then, Liverpool had Jan Kromkamp at right-back, meaning Alves would have been a welcome boost to the back line. The blocker? Sevilla and Liverpool couldn’t agree a fee.
Liverpool were reportedly loath to meet Sevilla’s £12million asking price for Alves, hoping to spend closer to £9m. They signed Dirk Kuyt, Fabio Aurelio and Jermaine Pennant that summer, as well as a few others. They only brought in a right-back in January 2007, when they signed Alvaro Arbeloa.
Barcelona signed Alves for £24m in 2008, and – if he wasn’t already – he became the best right-back on the planet, winning it all at the Nou Camp.