Honestly im not so sure about Alves and think that defensively he would be a downgrade to Abate. But i could be wrong, i dont watch him enough to say.
Abate is clueless, he is. Everyone can see it when he has the ball, but he can do one thing, and it cant be stopped if he does it right.
Burst at pace from a stop kicking the ball a little further ahead before putting in a cross. And when he delivers it low and hard along the ground, we have had very good chances.
There is no way Id put Rami at right back, its like bonera, defensively more solid. But slow and also is prone to the odd mistake. But for them, they cant recover where Abate can.
Pace as a fullback is essential. Think of every winger. If they attack a slow fullback they will destroy them.
Improve the centre and the midfield, Abate will be a lot better and do just as well as anyone else in my opinion.
Plus as far as alves goes, age, wage and reminded me of Zambro. Will be good possibly then quickly become another player to get rid off.
Im not against his signing, but also sure its nothing but another quick fix to an area less in need of fixing.