Despite being linked with a move to Arsenal this summer on a free transfer after leaving PSG, Dani Alves will not be coming to London as he has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Sao Paulo in his home country.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 07: Dani Alves of Brazil poses with the trophy of Best Player of the tournament after winning the Copa America Brazil 2019 Final match between Brazil and Peru at Maracana Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – JULY 07: Dani Alves of Brazil poses with the trophy of Best Player of the tournament after winning the Copa America Brazil 2019 Final match between Brazil and Peru at Maracana Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Arsenal reportedly got in touch with Dani Alves’ representatives about securing a move for the 36-year-old in a rumour that always seemed a little odd.

Leaving aside the fact he allegedly wanted somewhere in the region of £134kpw, he’s 36!

At Sao Paulo, Alves has been given a contract or two-and-a-half years. Had Arsenal been serious about signing him there is simply no way they would have offered him anything more than a 12-month deal.

Given his age, Alves no doubt wanted to secure as long a contract as possible – you would do the same.

Alves explained his decision: “Now, in 2019 I could have picked anywhere to play but I chose to return to Brazil. For my country. For my people. For the club of my heart.

“Today I close another cycle in my life, a cycle of victory, learning and experiences,” he reportedly said on Instagram where he also added, “Dreaming is possible and realizing too ….. one day I dreamed of my cousin playing in Sao Paulo and Barcelona, today I am fulfilling the missing part of that dream!”

Glad you’re fulfilling a dream that doesn’t involve Arsenal, Dani…