´Really, really good deal´ – Man City boss Guardiola enthused by Alvarez signing – XenBet

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is enthused by the signing of Argentina international forward Julian Alvarez from River Plate, describing the transfer as “a really, really good deal”.

The Premier League leaders announced the signing of Alvarez on Monday, when the forward turned 22, in a deal worth a reported £14million ($18.8m).

Alvarez has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal but will stay with River on a loan that will last until at least July and could be extended.

He had been linked with a number of Europe’s biggest clubs after scoring 24 goals in 46 games for River in all competitions 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.

“I saw him many times, I have the info about him and for the age, for the price, for many reasons and for the future it’s a really, really good deal,” said Guardiola.

“He is a guy who has a sense of goal, the quality, the movement in behind – a street player.

“The club decided OK, for that age and especially for the fact he stays under Marcelo Gallardo, one of the best managers in the world by far, he’s going to develop again and again in this part of the season.

“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.”

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Describing what else he likes about the new signing, Guardiola added: “He has the desire, the passion and the strength without the ball.

“He is so young and you see that. He is hungry. At that age it is so nice to have. It can refresh so many things in a team when you have that.

“That is why I love to work with academy players, when they have the talent and skills, and they are good here.

“When that happens, it is so productive for the senior players that we have because they produce something new in terms of rhythm, with no complaints.

“I like to have 15 or 16 top players otherwise you can’t compete. The rest I like to have from the academy, but they have to be good, or it makes no sense.

“In pre-season he will come, he will join us and after that we’ll see what happens.”

Guardiola sees Alvarez playing in a central role for City when he joins up with them.

“Up front, in the middle,” he said after being asked where Alvarez may fit into his line-up. “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.”

City host Championship side Fulham in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

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Author: Heidi Porter