Julian Alvarez nets six in River Plate match ahead of Manchester City move

Erling Haaland may have stolen the limelight with his move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City, but River Plate forward Julian Alvarez has already shown glimpses of his talent ahead of his switch to the Sky Blues in the summer.

The Argentine prodigy agreed to join Manchester City back in January but has remained on loan at River Plate, for whom he scored six goals in their 8-1 Copa Libertadores win over Alianza Lima on Wednesday.

Alvarez has already netted as many as 14 goals in 17 appearances this season, with River boss Marcelo Gallardo making a plea to Pep Guardiola to allow the 22-year-old stay until the end of the Argentine club season.

“We have to be aware that it is very possible that [Alvarez] will play the last 16 [of the Copa Libertadores] and then he will go to his new destination,” said Gallardo.

“What happens does not depend on me or what we can do. If they want to loan us the player until the end of the year, we have no problem and we will be very grateful.

“We tell them that we are going to prepare a player who is already clearly mature to make the leap, but we could offer him even more flight. But Guardiola won’t listen to my request. We would be very grateful if you can let Julian [to play here] until the end of the year.”

Set to stay at Manchester City

Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano revealed earlier in May that the Sky Blues had several loan offers for Alvarez. However, he stressed that the Argentine will stay at the Premier League club next season.

“We have had many offers from clubs to loan Julian Alvarez – but he is not going to leave,” said Soriano.

“He will do the pre-season with us and I think he will stay. Barcelona were not among those who were interested.”

Versatile youngster

Back in February, Guardiola praised Alvarez‘s versatility and explained that the young striker should play as close to the opposition goal as possible due to his scoring prowess.

“[He can play] up front, in the middle,” Guardiola noted.

“I see a player more in positions between the pockets and the striker. A guy with this sense of goal has to play close to the goal.

“For the age, for the price, for many reasons for the future it is a really good deal. He is a guy who has a sense of goal, the quality, the movement in behind – a street player.

“He is so dynamic. I think when he is playing the goal is there in his mind with the way he finishes and makes the movements over five metres.

“He has the desire, the passion and the strength without the ball.”

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