Brazilian veteran Dani Alves has agreed to return to Barcelona and play under newly appointed coach Xavi Hernandez.
The 38-year-old is a free agent after making a switch to Brazilian club Sao Paulo back in September and will be the first signing under Xavi.
Confirming the news was Barcelona who said that the defender will resume training with them next week but his transfer will be completed in January.
“FC Barcelona and Dani Alves have reached an agreement in principle for the player to join the football first team for the remainder of the current season. The Brazilian will be joining training from next week but will not be able to play until January.” Said Barcelona
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Alves joined the La Liga giants in 2008 from Sevilla where he made a total of 391 appearances and netting a total of 23 goals.
He made a number of contribution at the club as a defender as a forward before joining Juventus in 2016, later joined Paris Saint-Germain before going back to his home club of Sao Paulo.
“Although his main role has always been in defence, in the true Brazilian wing-back tradition, Alves also likes to join the attack, where he has a fine shot from outside the area, earning him the reputation as one of the finest players of all time in his position.
He was an automatic choice under all of Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova, Tata Martino and Luis Enrique, and the fans loved his dedication and extroverted character.
In the summer of 2016, he left for Juventus, and since then has been at Paris Saint-Germain and lastly, at São Paulo back in his home country.” Read Barcelona statement