According to reports, Manchester United are looking to bring River Plate striker Julian Alvarez to Old Trafford in January. They are willing to pay his €20 million termination clause.
Alvarez has made 96 appearances for River Plate since debuting for them in October 2018. He has scored 36 goals and assisted 25. However, he stood out last year, bagging 23 goals and 18 assists in 53 games.
That has drawn the attention of big clubs like Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. However, Manchester United are set to win the race for the 21-year-old, with Alvarez’s agent set to travel to England this week to complete the deal.
United interim manager Ralf Rangnick is determined to bolster his team’s attacking options, and Alvarez is seen as a player who could help the club in that department.
Alvarez, who progressed through the ranks at River Plate’s academy, is a senior Argentina international and has been capped by his country on five occasions.
Rangnick can already call upon the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, but United are still looking to strengthen.
Alvarez’s agent Fernando Hidalgo is reportedly set to fly out to England in order to discuss a deal.
Manchester United are on the lookout for a striker, with Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial potentially leaving in January. Martial has expressed his desire to leave the club to interim manager Ralf Rangnick. Meanwhile, Cavani has been linked with Barcelona and Corinthians for a January move.
So far this season United have scored 30 goals in the Premier League – 21 fewer than leaders Manchester City, who have played two more games.
It has been an inconsistent season for United so far – they are currently in sixth place in the league.
On Monday United host Wolves, with Rangnick’s side looking to build upon their 3-1 win against Burnley.
Julian Alvarez could form a prolific partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo, and challenge the likes of Mason Greenwood for the striker position.
Manchester United’s January transfer window aspirations
After bringing in Raphael Varane, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho last summer, big things were expected from Manchester United. However, that hasn’t happened so far.
They are fighting for a top-four finish in the Premier League instead of the title. They have already been eliminated from the EFL Cup. The Champions League and FA Cup now remain their only realistic trophy opportunities this season.
Nevertheless, it seems unlikely the Red Devils would spend a lot of money in the January transfer window. That is despite Cavani and Martial reportedly on their way out. Meanwhile, defender Alex Tuanzebe has garnered interest from Aston Villa and Napoli.
Paul Pogba could sign a pre-contract with another club before a move in the summer.
In terms of incoming players, apart from Alvarez, Manchester United have shown interest in Ousmane Dembele. Newcastle United currently seem the most likely team to sign the Frenchman. However, as they are languishing in the relegation zone, Dembele could be more inclined to move to United.
It will be interesting to see what changes interim manager Ralf Rangnick makes as Manchester United look for a top-four finish.