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Julian Alvarez will join Manchester City in July

Manchester City completed Julian Alvarez signing, fired River Plate to Argentine Primera Division success with 18 goals last term, and officially joined Manchester City.

Alvarez has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with the Premier League champions.

But He will stay with River on a loan that will last until July and could be extended.

In all competitions, Alvarez scored 24 goals in 46 games for River during an impressive 2021.

That form saw him earn his first senior Argentina cap in June, and he has gone on to feature a further five times for his national side.

The city announced Julian Alvarez arrival on their official website on Monday, the day the attacker turned 22.

“Julian is a player we have monitored for some time,” said Tiki Begiristain, City’s director of football.

“He is capable of operating in several attacking roles, and we firmly believe he’s one of the best young attacking players in South America.

“I am so happy we have managed to bring him to Manchester City. I believe we can provide him with the right conditions to fulfil his potential and become a top player.”

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Because of his impressive performance in the Copa Libertadores, River president Jorge Brito expressed hope that Alvarez would stay on loan at the club beyond July.

The city is also reportedly open to letting the youngster spend the second half of the year with another team.

Alvarez, a sister club within the City Football Group, previously had a trial with Real Madrid.

After lighting up the Argentine Primera Division, Alvarez is one of the brightest rising stars in South American football.

He scored 20 and assisted a further 12 goals in 36 games in the division last year.

With those 32 direct goal involvements, at least six more than any other player in 2021.

Cordoba-born Alvarez won six trophies during his four seasons with River.

Including the Primera Division last season when leading the division for goals with 18.

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