Manchester City are set to welcome River Plate striker Julian Alvarez at some point in the coming weeks, with the 22-year-old set to join the Premier League champions for pre-season after the Blues announced their capture of the Argentinian on the last day. of the January transfer window.
Alvarez has become one of the most exciting talents in South America and his ability to operate on the frontline could prove essential when he competes for a starting spot with Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling next season. .
Despite brief interest from Manchester United, Alvarez has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with City, who have also secured the arrival of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund to bolster their attack to challenge on all fronts again next season. .
Ahead of his international team-mate’s debut campaign in England, Aston Villa shot-stopper Emiliano Martinez advised Alvarez to take up the challenge when he moves to Manchester and fulfill his potential by becoming a superstar under Pep Guardiola.
“I was hoping he (Alvarez) would come to Aston Villa, I talked to him about it before the Copa America,” Martinez said in an interview with Calciomercato this week.
“He (Alvarez) is really a talented player, very humble and hard to work with. He will really be a star. It’s hard to compare him to Aguero, he will have to prove a lot. He is very humble.”
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City have sealed a swoop for the academy graduate from River Plate for an initial fee of £14million and are thought to have paid the Argentina side an additional sum of up to £1.3million for that Alvarez joins Pep Guardiola’s squad for the pre-season.
Martinez added, as quoted by the Press Association: “He (Alvarez) has a lot to prove but he’s going to be working with one of the best managers in the world right now (Pep Guardiola).
“He’s very loyal to the team he’s in, so I think he’s going to be successful at Manchester City.”
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