Manchester City have received a number of loan proposals for Argentine striker Julian Alvarez. However, Spanish giants FC Barcelona are not one of them.
Manchester City signed the talented young prodigy for around 15 million in the January transfer window. The forward was loaned back to River Plate so that he could get more minutes.
Alvarez is one of the hottest prospects around. He recently scored a stunning double hattrick in the Copa Libertadores against Lima Alliance Club. With the signing of Erling Halland done as well, City may boast perhaps the world’s most dangerous strike partnership in Europe.
However, it is important to note that Alvarez is still quite young. The move from South American football to the European circuit may be quite a daunting one, and hence a loan move may be ideal for acclimatization.
Ever since Sergio Aguero’s injury troubles, Pep Guardiola has reverted to an unorthodox formation, using False 9’s as the focal point of the team. This move has worked wonders, helping the Citizens to two consecutive Premier League titles. But it appears that he is now going back to using a more traditional striker. The signing of Halland and Alvarez is really a statement of intent, solidifying their pull as one of the strongest in Europe. Should these two young superstars click on, City could be set for years to come.
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Speaking to The Sun, Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano revealed the interest surrounding the striker. But at the same time, he hinted at Alvarez’s inclusion in Pep Guardiola’s plans in 2022/23.
We have had many offers from clubs to loan Julian Alvarez – but he is not going to leave. He will do pre-season with us and I think he will stay. Barcelona? No, Barcelona were not among those who were interested.
It may be very fitting that Manchester City replace their greatest goalscorer, Sergio Aguero, with another brilliant Argentine. The boots of the legendary striker will be hard to fill, but Alvarez certainly has the tools and ability for that.
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