Man City transfer policy gets high praise, with Julian Alvarez ‘on another level’
Manchester City have a gem on their hands in Julian Alvarez, according to one of his predecessors at River Plate.
Alvarez shone with the Argentine giants last season and has been in good form towards the start of their current campaign. His record is five goals and two assists from nine matches so far.
Manchester City didn’t go big in January, but they did agree a deal with River Plate to sign the exciting striker.
According to BBC Sport, the deal cost City just over £14million, with Alvarez penning a long-term contract at the Etihad.
However, he will not play in the Premier League until next season at the earliest. Alvarez is back at River Plate on loan to continue his development.
The 22-year-old is improving nicely, and is already a full Argentina international too. He has managed one goal from seven caps to date.
Julian Alvarez receives glowing admission
Former River Plate striker Fernando Cavenaghi has now heaped praise on Alvarez, giving City fans a glimpse of what they can enjoy in the future.
“I saw him in the reserves, I followed him in the youth leagues,” Cavenaghi told Argentine source TyC Sports (via Sport Witness).
“It’s not my characteristic. He’s a complete player, he usually goes down the flanks, wears out differently and on top of that he adds the goals.
“That makes footballers worth much more. He runs, presses, creates free kicks and has a tremendous scoring streak. He’s on another level than Argentine football.”
When asked about Alvarez’s decision to join City, the pundit added: “Now he has to prove it in Europe. He’s sky-high in confidence and he’s earned a place in the World Cup.”
City will be hoping Alvarez can emulate compatriot Sergio Aguero. He hit 260 goals while in Manchester, helping the Citizens to win five Premier League titles and one FA Cup.
Aguero has also given his verdict on the goalscorer in recent weeks. “Alvarez is mature, over time he will continue to learn things, he is learning more and more and Manchester City bought him for a reason,” he said.
“He is a good kid, he’s a phenomenon, shy and quiet. It’ll be better if he goes to City in June.”
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