Dani Alves ‘leaves Sao Paulo two years after joining the club; claims he is owed £2.6 million

Dani Alves

Dani Alves has left Sao Paulo after two years at the club amid a pay dispute with the Brazilian side.

The 38-year-old joined his boyhood club on a free transfer in August 2019 and became the best-paid footballer in South America after leaving Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.

But MARCA reports the Brazil international has now left the Brasileirao outfit because he has not been paid in full for either of his two seasons, and that the club still owes him £2.6million (€3m).

The club then stated via The Mirror: ‘We were informed by his representatives that Daniel Alves will not return to Sao Paulo until there is an adjustment of the financial debt that Sao Paulo has with the player.’

Alves’ deal was due to run until December next year, but the Brazilian is now a free agent once again and has been linked with a move to the MLS, clubs in the Middle East, as well as Boca Juniors and River Plate.

Speaking in March, the clubs’ football director, Carlos Belmonte, said the coronavirus pandemic had contributed to the situation.

‘Of course, we have this situation to resolve, which is still open, to reconstruct the financial issue. We can do this, Daniel stays.


‘We had a long conversation with Daniel, and he always demonstrates the real desire to continue in São Paulo. He is a professional above all, absolutely committed, this I can guarantee you.’

His move to Sao Paulo saw him net on 10 occasions and provided 15 assists in 95 appearances for the club.

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