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‘We will see’ – Argentina striker posts cryptic update amid talk of £17m Man Utd transfer approach

Julian Alvarez, Argentina forward during FIFA U20 World Cup match, Man Utd transfer news

Ralf Rangnick’s hopes of signing Julian Alvarez appear to be gathering pace after the striker did little to deny reports of a January departure from River Plate amid Man Utd transfer news.

United boss Ralf Rangnick is reportedly a firm admirer of the Argentina star and sees him as a potential addition to his squad. And amid claims Edinson Cavani could be on his way in January, reports on Monday claimed United are in contact with Alavarez ocer a move.

The terrific centre-forward was in brilliant form as River Plate won the Argentine league title in November. Indeed, his record stood at 18 goals and seven assists from 21 matches.

The report from Argentinian outlet Ole claims United have ‘put in a call’ as they look to bring the starlet to the Premier League.

They were made aware of River Plate’s desperation to keep Alvarez around for one more season. However, the South American giants could do business early if his £17million release clause is met.

Furthermore, there’s extra incentive for Rangnick’s side to strike early. They must reportedly complete a deal before January 21 if they are to avoid paying a premium on his fee. That’s because his exit clause rises to £21m in the final 10 days of the January window.

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Understandably, United are not alone in their pursuit of the player. As well as the Red Devils, Tottenham and Aston Villa are also being credited with an interest.

There’s admiring glances coming from Spain too with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona also both keen.

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With the January window opening in just 11 days time, talk that Alvarez will be leaving River Plate is big news in Argentina.

And it seems Alavrez himself is well aware of the speculation, delivering a somewhat cryptic message over his future.

“Frankly, I don’t know what will happen, now I’m only thinking about celebrating,” Alvarez told reporters after River Plate’s game at the weekend. “In January we will see.”

Julian Alvarez looking towards World Cup

Alvarez is also clearly thinking about a place in Argentina’s World Cup squad next winter. The Qatar-staged tournament is now only 12 months away and making their squad is clearly very much in his planning.

And clearly that will influence his thinking when it comes to his next move.

He added: “We all know how much the World Cup means for a player.

 

“When I make my decision I’ll choose what’s best for me.”

The 21-year-old has five senior appearances for Argentina, despite only making his debut as recently as June. He is yet to score for Lionel Scaloni’s side.

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