Julian Alvarez was signed by Manchester City in January and loaned back to River Plate for the remainder of the season, so Pep Guardiola was planning to look at him over the summer.
The 21-year-old may have hoped he’d stay in the first-team due to City’s lack of strikers, but the Sky Blues confirming Erling Haaland’s transfer on Tuesday raises uncertainty over his role next season.
Alvarez has scored 24 goals with 15 assists from 46 games this season, so he’s a good striker in his own right and has a bright future ahead of him. City paid £15.3m for the Argentine, so he won’t be left out in the cold. But he’s unlikely to start ahead of Haaland.
TNT Sports (h/t Sport Witness) reported that River Plate chief Enzo Francescoli said Alvarez will join Manchester City in June to join the squad for pre-season, but president Jorge Brito says City still need to pay his clause and won’t get him before July 7.
There may be more negotiations between the two clubs as Guardiola would surely prefer to have his new signing much earlier this summer.