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Liverpool news: PSG’s Dani Alves had an agreement to join Liverpool

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While at Sevilla in 2006, the Brazilian claims he have had everything in place to swap sunny Spain for Merseyside.

Then-manager Rafael Benitez, just months after guiding the Reds to Champions League glory, agreed a £9million fee for the right-back, but he apparently decided to pull the plug at the final hour.

“I pretty much had an agreement with Liverpool,” Alves revealed to 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.”

Chelsea chairman Roman Ibramovic then tried to tempt Alves to Stamford Bridge, as did Real Madrid.

Dani Alves.

Dani Alves came close to joining Liverpool in 2006

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Something similar happened later in my career with Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Alves revealed that he also came close to joining other clubs

But Alves eventually ended up at Barcelona two years later and he has never looked back since.

“Something similar happened later in my career with Chelsea and Real Madrid,” he added.

“Of course, it all worked out happily for the Cules [Barcelona supporters] in the end, and also for me as I was able to write an amazing story at the Camp Nou instead.”

Alves forged an incredible career in Barcelona, winning six La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues.

Dani Alves.

Alves had a glittering career at Barcelona

And while he played under now-Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola he blossomed before moving to PSG via Juventus.

“I wanted to win things that I unfortunately couldn’t win if I stayed at Sevilla,” he explains.

“We came close, but I don’t like to be just close. Six months before the transfer window opened I’d been told of Barça's interest, and I said I’d like to play for them because of the fine history of Brazilians there, the greatness of the club and the style of football.

"So it was a successful union and I will always be grateful to Pep Guardiola, [director of football] Txiki Begiristain and [president] Joan Laporta, as they gave me the opportunity to become a big star.”

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