Julian Alvarez: Man City's talks to sign River Plate striker are progressing well in deal worth £17m

Man City's talks with River Plate over the signing of Argentina international striker Julian Alvarez are progressing well; Alvarez deal expected to be in region of £17m; the 21-year-old is set to remain on loan at River Plate until the summer before joining City for next pre-season

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Sky Sports features writer Nick Wright takes an in-depth look at Julian Alvarez and explains why the River Plate striker is viewed as a rising star

Manchester City's talks to sign River Plate striker Julian Alvarez are progressing well, with the deal expected to be in the region of £17m.

The Argentina forward is also expected to remain on loan at River Plate until the summer, before joining City for their next pre-season.

Sources in Buenos Aires have told Sky Sports News he has a release clause somewhere in the region of £15m-£17m.

Alvarez is currently contracted to River Plate until December 2022 after the next Argentine Primera season, which begins in June.

City have been tracking Alvarez for some time along with a host of other top clubs.

The 21-year-old already has five caps for Argentina.

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Alvarez has scored 36 goals and contributed 25 assists in 96 appearances for River Plate.

City have been looking for a striker since the departure of their all-time leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero and missing out on the capture of Harry Kane from Tottenham.

Despite being short of options in the striking department, City have managed to build a nine-point lead at the top of the Premier League, having played a game more than second-placed Liverpool, who are the division's top scorers.

Why 'next Aguero' Alvarez is a rising star

Man City boss Pep Guardiola is aiming to strengthen his forward line following the departure of Sergio Aguero last summer.

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Alvarez is viewed as the next big star to come out of Argentina following a breakout year with River Plate during which he also won five caps for his national team.

He is known to idolise Aguero, City's all-time top-scorer with 260 goals in 390 appearances for the club, but is there substance to the comparisons as he is linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium?

'Difficult for Haaland to say no to Guardiola'

Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland has been linked with a move to Manchester City with the striker's agent Mino Raiola mentioning the club as a viable destination for his client.

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol:

"I would be very surprised if he stayed at Dortmund past this summer because of this release clause, and because of the kind of clubs who are after him. I think it's going to be almost impossible for him to say no to some of these clubs who are going to put offers in front of him.

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Kaveh Solhekol said Manchester City would be in 'pole position' to sign Erling Haaland if he left Borussia Dortmund, however, the German club are confident in keeping the striker for another season

"If you're talking about seeing Haaland in the Premier League, Manchester City are in pole position. We know they've been looking for an out-and-out striker for a long time, even though they don't really need one, and Pep Guardiola says 'we're thriving without an out-and-out striker'.

"I think somewhere down the line they need to sign a striker, and if you're going to sign a striker, and are as powerful and successful as City are, why not get the best young striker in the world at a very sensible price.

"Pep Guardiola is a very demanding manager, you have to play the Pep Guardiola way, and do what he wants you to do. We've seen players take a while to adapt to that. Normally players take at least one season to adapt to his way of playing.

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"As far as Haaland is concerned, it would not be the easy option to go to Manchester City. Even though he would almost be guaranteed success if he was to go there.

"He would be able to move to other clubs where he could score a lot more goals and perhaps not have to work so hard, and the environment wouldn't be as demanding as it is at Manchester City, and then he could get his move to a Manchester City, Manchester United or Liverpool - or another club in the Premier League - three or four years down the line.

"I think it's going to be difficult for him to say no to Pep Guardiola."

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