Manchester City look set to beat rivals Manchester United for a January transfer, with the transfer reportedly hours away from being agreed.
The city flies to the top of the premier league table, with the defending champions now 11 points clear of nearest rivals Liverpool.
More good news has arrived Pep Guardiola this week, with Algeria’s surprise exit from the Africa Cup of Nations meaning Riyad Mahrez will be back from Cameroon sooner than expected.
With City having already scored 54 league goals this season, even without a natural number nine, one could argue that they don’t need to sign another striker.
However, it looks like they will beat United at the signing of much-loved River Plate star Julian Alvarez with the Argentinian journalist Veronique Brunati claiming that the move could be formalized in “the next hour”.
Friday’s report says Guardiola’s side will pay up to £21m for the striker, part of which is believed to come from bonuses.
After that, he could stay in Argentina, join Guardiola’s side or take another loan, this time from one of the other City Football Group teams.
Staying with River for now means playing at the start of their Copa Libertadores campaign and he may want to stay with them until the end of the year if there is a chance of winning the prestigious tournament.
Alvarez, who made his debut for River in 2018, has scored 20 goals in 35 league appearances in 2021 and can play away or in central areas.
City lost Sergio Aguero last summer to Barcelona, before the club legend was forced into retirement, then sold Ferran Torres to the Catalan giants earlier this year as their replacement for Aguero.