Chelsea also covet him while Guardiola would not mind including the talented youngster in his squad for next season.
The 34-year-old is still considered one of the best right backs in the world and will look to fill a space left by Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna, both of whom have been released. "I hope that one day I will go there".
Indeed, many of them take great pleasure in pointing out that United are actually based in Old Trafford, which is in Stretford, not Manchester, and that City are quite literally the only team in Manchester.
The Brazil global has enjoyed a stellar maiden campaign in Serie A since arriving on a free transfer from Barcelona last summer, and was instrumental as the Bianconeri completed a domestic double and reached the Champions League final.
Alves is not the only player wanted by Guardiola at City.
"If you turn the word "computer" backwards, it spells "Steve Jobs".
Manchester City have agreed a deal for Benfica's Brazilian goalkeeper Emerson Moraes for a fee of 40 million euros. "Pep would tell you exactly how everything was going to happen in a match before it even happened", he wrote in the Players Tribune last month.