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The Brazilian had agreed a two-year deal to join Manchester City and was allowed to enjoy his holidays in peace, but secretly decided to sign for PSG

On July 7, Pep Guardiola had lunch with Dani Alves in Barcelona and talked about the future of Manchester City.

At around lunchtime on July 11, City officials were still expecting Alves to board their flight to the United States at the start of next week. A few hours later, Alves was having a medical at Paris Saint-Germain.

It was the prospect of joining up with Guardiola at City which led to Alves becoming free to decide his own future in the first place.

The Brazilian had had his head turned by the idea of playing for his old boss one last time and Juventus, extremely graciously it must be said, liberated him from his contract.

Like the majority of City's other transfer targets this summer, the 34-year-old had already agreed to the terms of a contract and, with Juve willing to release him, he was all set to become the Blues' third signing of the summer.

Douglas Costa

Bayern Munich ace Douglas Costa last night agreed personal terms with Juventus.

Douglas arrived in Turin yesterday for a medical and Gazzetta dello Sport says he's agreed a four-year contract worth €7m-a-year.

The transfer will be worth €46m in total.

Flamengo players left the pitch under escort from riot police

Brazilian club Vasco da Gama have been ordered to play home matches behind closed doors after a fan was shot dead during disturbances at their ground.

Vasco's 1-0 defeat on Sunday at home to title-chasing Flamengo in the Rio de Janeiro derby was marred by crowd trouble at the final whistle.

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, a former Vasco player, was at the match as the club's guest of honour.

Rodriguez was the top scorer at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with six goals

Bayern Munich have signed Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez on a two-year loan deal with the option to buy.

The 25-year-old, who signed a six-year contract at Real after joining from Monaco for £71m in July 2014, made just 22 appearances in La Liga last season.

He had been linked with a summer move to both Premier League champions Chelsea as well as Manchester United.

French Guiana are facing disciplinary action after fielding ex-Chelsea and France midfielder Florent Malouda in a Concacaf Gold Cup match in America.

Malouda played in Wednesday's goalless draw against Honduras despite being ineligible under the Fifa rules in use.

French Guiana-born Malouda, 37, played 80 times for France.

Ola Aina played against AC Milan and Real Madrid in friendlies prior to the 2016-17 season.

Hull City have signed Chelsea defender Ola Aina on a season-long loan. Full-back Aina, 20, made three substitute appearances in the Premier League and one in the FA Cup, and started two EFL Cup games last season.

He is the first major arrival at Hull since Leonid Slutsky was appointed as manager in June.

Angelique Kerber crashed out of Wimbledon and lost her hold on the world number one ranking, while five-time champion Venus Williams became the oldest All England Club quarter-finalist in 23 years on Monday.

Kerber was beaten 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 by Spanish 14th seed Garbine Muguruza as the German's fourth round exit extended a miserable run for last year's Wimbledon runner-up.

The 29-year-old, who lost to Serena Williams in the final 12 months ago, has failed to make the last eight at any of this year's three Grand Slams.

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