Ex-Liverpool chief reveals club almost signed Dani Alves

Date published: Sunday 25th June 2017 9:22

Former Liverpool CEO Rick Parry has revealed that the club almost signed Dani Alves in 2006.

The Brazil defender looks set to join Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Manchester City this summer after ending his contract with Juventus.

However, it appears that the Reds were on the verge of completing a deal for the former Barcelona man, albeit over 10 years ago.

Parry held his role at Anfield for 11 years before leaving in 2009, and he shed some light on the almost-signing.

But Parry told BBC Radio Merseyside: “We had the deal – finally, after enormous complications – tied up for Dani Alves and then the decision was should we buy two players or should we spend all of that on a full-back?

“Alves was not the player then that he is now but he always looked like he would be a great player.

“Would he have been a better signing than Pennant and Crouch for example? Probably yes, but it’s easy with hindsight.”

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