Julian Alvarez set to join Manchester City in the summer for extra €1.5m
Manchester City's winter acquisition Julian Alvarez is set to join Pep Guardiola's side this summer after the Premier League champions informed River Plate that they would be exercising the €1.5million clause to bring the striker to England before the end of the South American season – according to multiple sources in Argentina.
When Alvarez was signed in January, it was widely reported that the 22-year-old would link up with the Blues after River Plate were eliminated from the Copa Libertadores – which may have seen the striker set foot at the Etihad Stadium in the new year.
Following the closure of the winter transfer window, we covered comments by Alvarez's agent Fernando Hidalgo to TyCSports revealing that City would need to pay €1.5million if they wished to recall the Argentina international before the end of the South American season.
In the early hours of this morning, Argentine journalists Ivan Alvarenga, Gian Senatori, and Gustavo Yarroch – as relayed by All About Argentina – reported that the talismanic River forward would be leaving the club in the summer after a meeting between City and the Primera Division side laid out that the €1.5million clause would be executed – enabling Alvarez to join up with his new teammates ahead of schedule.
Guardiola has alluded to the newly-capped international taking part in pre-season with his side in various press conferences and interviews since the signing was announced – but it was generally thought that Alvarez would return to South America afterwards, providing River were still in the Copa Libertadores – after all, that was agreed between the two clubs initially.
However, it now seems the decision-makers at the City Football Academy are happy to part with €1.5million to bring Alvarez to the club in the summer indefinitely and potentially bring about a shakeup in the attacking department with the club still firmly in the hunt for Borussia Dortmund marksman Erling Haaland, and even regarded as favourites to land the Norweigan.
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