PARIS - Paris Saint-Germain are set to make a statement summer signing by announcing the capture of Brazilian full-back Dani Alves, according to media reports on Tuesday.
The French giants have called a press conference for Wednesday afternoon at 4pm local time at the Parc des Princes, at which they are expected to unveil the 34-year-old.
The Qatar-owned outfit will then jet off to the United States for a pre-season tour.
According to Le Parisien, Alves passed a medical in the French capital on Tuesday and will sign a two-year deal with last season's Ligue 1 runners-up.
Alves is a free agent after leaving Italian champions Juventus, whom he helped get to last season's Champions League final.
He had been expected to team up with his former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, and beating the English side to the Brazilian's signature is a major coup for Paris.
PSG's one confirmed close-season signing so far is the Spanish left-back Yuri Berchiche from Real Sociedad for a reported 14 million euros ($16 million, £12.5 million).
Meanwhile, French international goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has returned to former club Marseille from English Premier League outfit Crystal Palace on a three-year deal, the Ligue 1 side announced on Tuesday.
Mandanda, 32, starred for Marseille for nine seasons and helped them win the French title in 2010. He left for Palace a year ago but struggled in south London, making just 10 appearances.
Sources say OM paid up to five million euros (£4.5 million, $5.7 million) for Mandanda, who moved in the other direction last year for just two million euros.
Mandanda, who won the last of his 24 caps in September last year, is expected to reclaim the number one jersey at the Velodrome from Yohann Pele.
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The former European champions appear also set to clinch the signing of France centre-back Adil Rami from Sevilla.
Rami, who has won 33 caps and played for France at Euro 2016, indicated that he is on his way to the south of France by posting a picture of himself on Facebook with a Marseille logo on the wall in the background.
Rami, 31, played under current Marseille coach Rudi Garcia in the Lille side that won the league and cup double in 2011.
His signing would be the club's fourth of the close season, following earlier recruits of striker Valere Germain from champions Monaco and Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo from Wolfsburg.