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Odds on Dani Alves’ Next Team: MLS, China, South America & Others All in the Mix

Carlos Verde

by Carlos Verde in Soccer News

Updated Apr 1, 2020 · 9:31 AM PDT

Dani Alves is looking for a new club
Dani Alves is looking for a new team to join for the upcoming season. Could the Brazilian return to Barcelona, or maybe move overseas? Photo By @MirrorFootball (Twitter).
  • Barcelona, Manchester City, a Chinese or South American club all co-favorites at +400
  • The 36-year-old Brazilian spent nearly a decade at Barcelona
  • Alves has posted jokingly on social media of him doing other jobs, while holding out for one more kick at the can in soccer

The destination of free-agent Brazilian defender Dani Alves remains up in the air.

China has been one of the rumored destinations, though hints of both a return to his home continent and longtime club Barcelona have also been circulating.

Dani Alves’ Club After Summer Transfer Window Odds

Team Odds
Any Chinese Club +400
FC Barcelona +400
Any South American Club +400
Manchester City +400
Inter Milan +600
Juventus +800
Any MLS Club +800
Manchester United +1000
Sevilla FC +1400

Odds taken on 07/31/19.

All the while, the affable Bahia product has been poking fun at himself — most recently in an Instagram post poking fun at his own unemployment.

Career in Focus

His career has taken him to the heights of club and international football; six steady seasons at Spanish side Sevilla established him in Europe, then earned him a move to giants Barcelona. It was with the Blaugrana that he entered the conversation for the top right back in the world, before transitioning into a Champions League mercenary with Juventus and Paris St-Germain over the past three years.

The Favorites

Of the favorites for Alves’ final destination, each has its perks.

China likely offers the most money, and is a proven lucrative opportunity for declining Euro-based players in their 30s.

Barcelona was where he spent the pinnacle of his career, and he still speaks fondly of the club.

At 36, with a boatload of international experience under his belt, he could also feel the time is right to return to Brazil and wind down the clock on his superlative career from the comfort of home.


With Alves rumored to be eyeing a move to the Premier League, Manchester City and their unmatched financial clout earn co-favorite status essentially by default.

One outsider to keep an eye on is Inter Milan, who have had a decent summer with the additions of veteran defender Diego Godin from Atletico and Valentino Lazaro from Hertha Berlin, at +600.

Next Club Prediction

With Alves having such a vast European resume, and accomplished virtually all one can on the continent, it’s likely time he ships out — either to China for a massive payday or back to South America to enjoy his well-earned golden years.

PICK: China (+400). Because Brazilians have a track record of being mercenaries and the dollar reigns supreme.

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