Aston Villa are one of a number of teams reported to be interested in River Plate forward Julian Alvarez – and now another big side has reportedly joined that race.
Alvarez is in top form this season, having scored 11 goals in 14 games for River Plate. As such, it is clear to see why sides are taking notice of the Argentinian.
That would leave any side looking to complete a deal for the forward a tough task. And if they were to prise him away, any suitor would likely need to pay an inflated fee, given the strong position River Plate would find themselves in.
Villa though do appear themselves to be in a healthy financial position, especially off the back of Jack Grealish’s sale. As such, they may still be interested in pursing a deal.
However, it is reported that Real Madrid have joined the race to sign Alvarez, as per Mundo Deportivo (via Caught Offside).
This interest could sway Alvarez’s decision to pen a new deal, as it would be a huge move for him to join Real.
It would also make it more difficult for Villa to complete a deal. While the side seem to be on an upward trajectory, the prospect of playing for Real is likely a more attractive one.
That is especially true with Real currently topping LaLiga, whereas Villa sit 13th in the Premier League.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Alvarez, in terms of his contract, or a potential transfer. Though his value will only rise should he continue the rich vein of form he is in.
Villa’s Cash switches allegiances
Cash qualifies to play for Poland due to his mother being half-Polish.
The full-back will be hoping to make his Poland debut during the next international break.
He has also been granted a new name, Mateusz Gotowka. It is as yet unclear whether he will change his name at Villa, but while playing for his adopted country, that is how he will be known.