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Fluminense join battle to sign Dani Alves

Xinhua
21 Sep 2021, 10:44 GMT+10

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Fluminense have joined the race to sign veteran defender Dani Alves, according to Brazilian press reports.

The Rio de Janeiro club sent a formal proposal to the 38-year-old in a bid to secure him before a September 24 deadline for clubs to register players in Brazil's Serie A, news outlet Globo Esporte said on Monday.

It added that Flamengo and Athletico Paranaense are among three other clubs to have expressed interest in signing the right-back.

Alves became a free agent earlier this month after his contract with Sao Paulo was terminated amid a dispute over late salary payments.

He is still a regular member of Brazil's national team and has publicly stated a desire to take part in next year's World Cup in Qatar.

Capped 119 times for Brazil, Alves is regarded as the most decorated player in history with 43 trophies, most of which he won during a glittering eight-year spell with Barcelona.

Flamengo have already strengthened their squad in the past month by signing former Brazil defender David Luiz and acquiring Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira on loan.

The defending Brazilian Serie A champions are currently third in the 20-team top-flight standings, 11 points behind leaders Atletico Mineiro.

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