Sao Paulo confirm they have parted ways with Dani Alves following a wage dispute with an experienced fullback who claims he owes £2.6M in unpaid wages.
- Dani Alves arrived in Sao Paulo in the summer of 2019 after 17 years in Europe
- However, his time back in Brazil has made the contract dispute sour
- Sao Paulo has said all debts have been repaid… although some were paid late
- Alves’ days were numbered when he was frozen out of the squad last week
Sao Paulo has announced that Dani Alves’ contract has been terminated due to a bitter wage battle.
The 38-year-old returned to his homeland in the summer of 2019 on a contract until December 2022 after playing in Europe for 17 years, but it was alleged that things came to a head earlier this week as the former Barcelona right-back failed had been paid in full in both past two seasons and was still owed a whopping €3 million (£2.6 million).
The Brazilian club have said that while some payments were made late, the debts have now been fully settled and they have now taken Alves off their books, with the former Barcelona and Juventus immediately being linked again with moves to Boca Juniors, River Plate, the MLS and the Middle East.
Dani Alves left Sao Paulo after it was alleged he was owed £2.6m from the Brazilian club
The club has said the debts have been repaid in full, even if some payments were late
Alves now has to look for a new club – with the interested Boca Juniors and River Plate
In March, the club’s football director Carlos Belmonte said the Covid-19 pandemic had contributed to the situation.
“Of course we have to resolve this situation – which is still open – to reconstruct the financial issue. If we can do this, Daniel will stay,” he explained.
“We had a long talk with Daniel and he always shows the real desire to continue in Sao Paulo. He is above all a professional, absolutely dedicated. I can guarantee you that.’
However, as the situation escalated, Belmonte said last week that Alves was no longer eligible for selection.
“We were told by his representatives that Daniel Alves will not return to Sao Paulo until there is an adjustment in the financial debt Sao Paulo has with the player.
“Sao Paulo acknowledges that debt and last week we made a proposal to try and rectify it. The proposal was not accepted by the player’s representatives.
Alves won Olympic gold in Tokyo this summer – and wants to play at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
“We have made the decision and told coach Hernan Crespo that Dani Alves will no longer be at his disposal to play for Sao Paulo.
‘We all work for this institution. No one is bigger than the football club of Sao Paulo.’
After leading Brazil to Olympic glory in the summer to become the most decorated player of all time with 43 trophies to his name, Alves – who scored 10 goals in 95 appearances for Sao Paulo – still hopes to be part of Tite’s 2022 World Cup squad.