Manchester City hope to complete a deal for River Plate hotshot Julian Alvarez before the end of the January transfer window – with striker having a £20m release clause
- Manchester City are reportedly close to finalising a deal to sign Julian Alvarez
- He scored 18 league goals last year for Argentine champions River Plate
- The 21-year-old has already played alongside Lionel Messi at international level
Manchester City are closing in on the signing of River Plate striker Julian Alvarez.
The 21-year-old is viewed as the brightest young talent in Argentina after impressing during his breakthrough season in professional football.
Alvarez has a £20million release clause in his contract and City are hopeful of wrapping up the deal before the January transfer window closes.
Julian Alvarez seems to be on the brink of completing a move to Manchester City
Alvarez would give Pep Guardiola another option in the final third of the pitch next season
He is not expected to join the Premier League champions straight away, however, and there is the option of him remaining at River on a loan deal. His contract at River runs until December this year.
Alvarez scored 24 goals in 46 appearances last season and has drawn comparisons with fellow countryman and City’s record goalscorer Sergio Aguero.
Watched by a host of European clubs, Alvarez appears to be viewed by City as a future prospect and will not impact on their pursuit of Erling Haaland ahead of next season.
Alvarez won his first international cap last year and was part of the Argentina team to lift the Copa America, while he has been called up for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Alvarez played alongside Lionel Messi last summer as Argentina won the Copa America