“I’m very happy” – Manchester City’s World Cup winner Julian Alvarez opens up on links to Real Madrid and Barcelona

Manchester City striker opens up on a potential move away from the Etihad as links solidify.

“I’m very happy” – Manchester City’s World Cup winner Julian Alvarez opens up on links to Real Madrid and Barcelona

Julian Alvarez with the Quintuple ( via Fabrizio Romano on Twitter)

After Julian Alvarez scored two goals in the Club World Cup final against Fluminense, rumors about his future surfaced. Giants like Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are interested in him. Alvarez, a World Cup-winning forward, discussed his plans. In a year, he conquered football, winning the World Cup, Club World Cup, Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Super Cup.

He confidently stated he’s happy as a Manchester City player, a year since joining from River Plate. Alvarez has performed well for City since his debut. Real Madrid and Barcelona, needing better goal efficiency, may try to attract Alvarez to Spain.

However, Barcelona could be ruled out of the transfer equation due to insufficient funds. They struggled to make even just the 30 million euro move of Joao Cancelo from Manchester City permanently. Alvarez reconfirmed his loyalties to the Sky Blues as he looks forward to winning even more with the club:

The truth is I'm very happy at Manchester City.
Julian Alvarez about his future

After a historic where they became the first English Club to win five trophies in a season, Alvarez played a crucial part in guiding City to success. If he plans to move away, Manchester City will not shy away from asking for more than 120 million euros due to the inflated transfer market and his being one of the best young talents in the world.

Manchester City ready to sign ‘New Messi’ in an identical transfer from River Plate

Manchester City is nearing the acquisition of Argentinian teenager Claudio Echeverri from River Plate in a £17.5 million deal. The 17-year-old attacking midfielder, who recently led Argentina in the Under-17 World Cup, may be loaned out upon joining City, with a potential return to River Plate. Forbes dubbed him the ‘New Messi,’ and many scouts are impressed by his game.

Claudio Echeverri
Claudio Echeverri ( via Forbes)

This echoes the previous arrangement made when Julian Alvarez moved to City in January 2022. Meanwhile, City’s interest in Boca Juniors left-back Valentin Barco seems to have diminished, and sources suggest a January move for Kalvin Phillips, with the midfielder expressing a preference for Juventus.

Juventus is keen on signing Phillips from Newcastle United due to his limited role under Pep Guardiola. Echeverri, known for his sharp finishing and technical skills, could enhance City’s attack. City may finalize his transfer and allow him to finish the season with River Plate, providing a farewell opportunity before joining City.

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