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Official: Brazil captain Dani Alves joins Sao Paulo

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Dani Alves has completed a free transfer to Brazilian club Sao Paulo after leaving Paris Saint-Germain last month.

Since ending a two-year stay in Paris, reports had linked Alves with high-profile moves from across Europe. Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester City, Juventus and Inter Milan were all allegedly keen.

Despite the reported interest, however, the Brazil captain remained a free agent. He even took to social media last week with a tongue-in-cheek post, where he asked where to put his CV in his search for a new club.

And it appears an answer came from his homeland in Sao Paulo. Reports emerged on Thursday night claiming that he was on the verge of joining the Brazilian giants.

Now, Sao Paulo have confirmed the reports to be true after announcing that Alves has joined the club on a three-year contract.

“Daniel Alves is the embodiment of what this management envisions for Sao Paulo,” read a statement from Sao Paulo president Carlos Augusto de Barros e Silva.

“One of the leading players in the world and recognised for his immense professionalism, his fierce determination and his endless thirst for titles and victories.

“He is also a socially engaged citizen and passionate about our country. Sao Paulo, therefore, wins on every possible front.

“One day I told Daniel that he would come to play at Sao Paulo, his heart club. Today I have the immense joy and pride to have kept that promise.”

The move to Sao Paulo may come as a surprise to most considering they were reluctant to match his wage demands. However, the lure of a contract until December 2022 and the honour of playing for a club he supported as a child swayed Alves.

The 36-year-old, who led Brazil to Copa America glory, hopes to be available for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Although the return home effectively ends his 17-year European club career.

After joining Sevilla in 2002 at 19, Alves joined Barcelona six years later. He ended up making 247 appearances and won 22 of his 40 career trophies for the Blaugrana.

The Brazilian even tasted league glory with Juventus and PSG before ending his European career on Thursday.