Julian Alvarez | Signs for City (see main forum)

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When is the South American BBC football exspurt going to shout from the rooftops that City have got the "Real-deal Holy-field" in Julian Alvarez like he did when the Rags were strongly linked with the striker Moises Caicedo?

Then a couple of weeks later sheepishly announce that players from his region rarely break through in the EPL when Caicedo finally signed for Brighton & Hove Albion.
 

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Low risk signing at the money.
Very likely to make a profit if we didn’t deem him good enough for the first team.
Reminds me a bit of Paulo Dybala when he was younger.
Would be happy with him and Haaland as our summer forward signings.
21yo Argentina striker, it's ridiculously cheap compared to the European and especially British market.
 

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Yep, what could we get in England for that money? People often talk about crazy money, but this is crazy cheap.
It’s cheap because it’s a risk. You take a player like Lucas Alario, also came from River Plate, a striker who scored 22 goals in 47 games for that club and left for Bayer Leverkusen in 2017 for more money they we’re supposedly paying for Julian (who has 23 goals in 57 games at River) at an older age. Alario was seen as a major player in South America; he scored in the Copa Libertadores final which RP won and also at the Club World Cup; a recent poll by their fans elected him as their favorite centerforward the past decade with more than half the votes; but at Leverkusen, he has 36 goals in 102 games and is currently Patrick Schick’s sub and doesn’t play much. He has an agreement to already come back to South America this window to play for Brazilian club Palmeiras and it’s pending on Leverkusen finding a replacement. Probably dreaming of World Cup but with 9 national team appearances and 3 goals it’s not going to be more than just a dream (Alvarez has five national team appearances and zero goals). European football is a big big step for a player used to South American football and why you can’t count on them to come in and fit in right away. The best striker playing in Brazil (and South America) today (Gabriel Barbosa/Gabigol, from Flamengo, who recently received an offer from West Ham turned down by the Brazilian club) also flopped at Inter and Benfica but is a king here.
 

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It’s consistent with Pep’s signings
Take a good player and make him better
I like the look of this lad v much
I’m not sure where this comes from. Most of our signings under him came mostly ready, some already playing for their national team.
 
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