Julian Alvarez, who is he? Some big clubs are intrested in River Plate’s wonderkid

South American football is known for its offensive prowess. The continent that gave the world, in Roberto Carlos, arguably the best offensive full-back in history, is no stranger to prolific attackers. Julian Alvarez, a 21-year-old River Plate prodigy, is the latest in a long series of such attackers.

Who is Julian Alvarez?

Julian Alvarez, a 21-year-old forward from River Plate’s academy, has made a name for himself this season. He has spent his whole career at River Plate, having joined the Argentine powerhouse from his hometown club, Atletico Calchin.

Both Julian Alvarez and River Plate benefited from the move. The club has a history of giving young players an opportunity. His football education was of the highest calibre, as he made his senior debut during the 2018-19 season under the supervision of Marcelo Gallardo, a highly regarded coach.

With a few appearances here and there, Gallardo began to integrate Alvarez into the first team. He was on the field for River Plate’s 2018 Copa Libertadores victory over Boca Juniors. 

His rise to the top has been validated by his performances this season, which have caught the attention of prominent clubs. In just 21 appearances in the Argentine League, Alvarez has scored 18 goals and contributed six assists, for a goal involvement rate of 1.36 per game.

Despite a quieter Copa Libertadores campaign in which he only scored two goals and added an assist in ten games, his overall statistics are impressive, with 20 goals and seven assists in 31 games. 

●   His Next Destination 

Despite the fact that the January transfer window has only been open for a little over two weeks, no deal has been completed, and this isn’t due to a lack of interested parties. Manchester United is apparently a top target for the 21-year-old, who has been scouted by clubs from Italy, Spain, England, and even Germany.

Manchester City, on the other hand, is closing close on a deal for Alvarez and are expected to complete it before the end of the transfer season. However, according to the source, the 21-year-old will not join his new colleagues until at least June, since River Plate wants to keep Alvarez at the club until then. The Cityzens are expected to offer him a five-year contract with a big raise in his present salary, as well as no personal terms.

Furthermore, transfer analyst Fabrizio Romano claims that, despite being widely associated and credited with an interest, Manchester United never made an attempt. The money, according to the reports, could be a stumbling block, as City are proposing roughly €16 million while River Plate are demanding a €21 million guaranteed fee, despite the fact that both parties are convinced that a deal can be reached.

Despite the fact that Manchester City was not expected to sign a striker this month due to the departure of Ferran Torres to Barcelona, a possible swoop for Alvarez before the transfer window closes on January 31st, if they decide against loaning him until the summer, could bolster their attack even more. 

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