Manchester City ‘agree on a £15million deal to sign Argentine wonderkid Julian Alvarez from River Plate’… but the in-demand 21-year-old striker won’t join the Premier League leaders until the summer
- Manchester City have agreed to sign Julian Alvarez from River Plate
- City will pay the Argentines £15m for the striker, according to multiple reports
- Alvarez propelled River to a first national league title since 2014 last season
- City reportedly accepts River’s call for Alvarez to join in the summer
Manchester City have agreed to sign Argentina striker Julian Alvarez from River Plate.
According to multiple media outlets in England and Argentina, City have agreed a deal to reward the 21-year-old forward from the Argentine giants for £15million.
But the forward, who led River last November to a first league title in seven years, is not expected to move to City anytime soon and is instead expected to arrive at the Etihad this summer.
Manchester City beat a host of top clubs to sign Julian Alvarez, reports claim
Despite £15m deal with River Plate, Alvarez won’t join Pep Guardiola’s side until summer
Argentinian newspaper Ole have reported that City have agreed to pay River £15million, but the Buenos Aires side are insisting that Alvarez stay at his club until June at the earliest.
There’s even a suggestion in Argentina that Alvarez could stay on all of 2022, moving to City in January 2023 so he can play for River in the later stages of the Copa Libertadores, Argentina’s League of Nations equivalent. champions, which runs until November. .
Alvarez scored 18 goals last season to propel River to a first domestic title since 2014, also finishing as the division’s top scorer.
He is also a full Argentina international and was part of the squad that won the Copa America last year, although he has yet to start for his country, being limited to four appearances so far. as a substitute.
His form for River quickly caught the eye of top European clubs, with Inter Milan and Manchester United reportedly showing great interest in signing him.
But City appear to have won the race to sign him, in another transfer move for coach Pep Guardiola and sporting director Txiki Begiristain.
Alvarez fired River Plate to the Argentine league title in November with 18 goals
Alvarez is set to follow a similar path to that of Sergio Aguero, who ended up at City after a breakthrough season in Argentina
City are in the hunt for a new striker after selling Ferran Torres to Barcelona for £55m earlier this month.
They are ready to spend just over a quarter of that money on Alvarez, who is the same age as Torres.
Alvarez isn’t the only Argentine to return to City after a superb season in his home country.
Sergio Aguero took the domestic league by storm in his debut season for fellow Buenos Aires Independiente, earning him a £16m move to Atletico Madrid in 2006.
He moved to City in 2011 for £35million and became the club’s all-time leading goalscorer and kicked off a decade of dominance by winning the 2011/12 Premier League title with his stoppage-time goal against the Queens Park Rangers.
Alvarez is the latest youngster to thrive at River Plate under highly respected manager Marcelo Gallardo, who has transformed the club’s fortunes since taking over the club in 2014, leading them to two Copa Libertadores titles.
“He’s a very versatile player who’s ready to play anywhere and take on a lot of responsibility. Right now he’s on his way to becoming a very important player,” Gallardo said last month after ‘Alvarez scored twice in a 4-0 win over Colon to lift the Champions Trophy, Argentina’s version of the Community Shield.
River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo hailed Alvarez as a versatile player who is on the verge of becoming a star