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Flamengo leave door open for veteran defender Alves

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-09-17 16:13
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RIO DE JANEIRO - Flamengo have not ruled out the prospect of signing veteran defender Dani Alves, who is without a club after parting ways with Sao Paulo.

Flamengo president Rodolfo Landim confirmed reports the reigning Brazilian top flight champions are considering a move for the 38-year-old, but stopped short of saying whether an offer had been made.

"I had the opportunity to meet him in 2019. He has a very impressive professional profile. He is a winner. No team in the world would not be interested in a player like Daniel Alves," Landim told Brazil's TV Record.

Alves ended his two-year association with Sao Paulo last week over a dispute over late salary payments.

He is still a regular member of Brazil's national team and has made no secret of his desire to take part in next year's World Cup in Qatar.

The right-back is widely recognized as the most decorated player in history, having won 43 trophies with Bahia, Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, Sao Paulo and Brazil.

Flamengo have already bolstered their squad in the past month by signing former Brazil defender David Luiz and securing a loan deal for Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira.

The reigning Brazilian Serie A champions are currently third in the 20-team top-flight standings, eight points behind leaders Atletico Mineiro but with two games in hand.  

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