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Julian Alvarez: Manchester City sign striker from River Plate on Deadline Day

Manchester City have completed the signing of Argentina striker Julian Alvarez; City are understood to have paid in the region of £14m; the 21-year-old has five caps for Argentina

Julian Alvarez

Manchester City have signed striker Julian Alvarez from River Plate for a fee in the region of £14m (€17m)

Alvarez has signed a five-and-half-year contract with Pep Guardiola's side and will remain on loan at River Plate until the summer.

City have been tracking Alvarez, who has five caps for Argentina, for some time along with a host of other top clubs.

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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.

The 22-year-old 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 an 11-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.

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain believes City have signed a player with significant potential.

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"Julian is a player we have monitored for some time," Begiristain said. "He is capable of operating in a number of attacking roles, and we firmly believe he's one of the best young attacking players in South America.

"I am so happy we have managed to bring him to Manchester City. I really believe we can provide him with the right conditions to fulfil his potential and become a top player."

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