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River hopeful to keep their loanee Alvarez amid signing for Man City

Sun 30 January 2022 | 14:21

Julian Alvarez has signed a new contract with Manchester City for next season, but River Plate is still hoping to re-sign his loan deal with them too.

River Plate have announced that

Julian Alvarez

is set to sign a deal with Manchester City. However, the attacker will return to Argentina on a loan that might be extended until next season. 

Alvarez had a fantastic year in 2021, netting 24 goals in 46 appearances for River in all competitions. 

The 21-year-old's excellent performance won him a place in Argentina's senior side, as well as a significant transfer to

Premier League

leaders Man City. 

A move of £15.4 million (€18.5 million) is expected to be finalized before England's transfer deadline on Monday, although Alvarez will return to River Plate at least until July.

And River chairman

Jorge Brito

is hoping that a run in the Copa Libertadores could persuade the Cityzens to extend his loan into the second half of 2022.

"Julian is almost an addition for us," Brito told ESPN. "He is almost irreplaceable for [coach Marcelo] Gallardo.

"The loan is until July 7 – although there is a clause that speaks of the 'greatest efforts' between the three parties: we, who are the sellers, Manchester City, which is the buying club, and the player.

"There are possibilities that he will continue with us if River continues in the Copa next season."

 

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