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Manchester City get Sergio Aguero successor as Julian Alvarez joins and agrees long-term contract

Manchester City may have found Sergio Aguero’s successor as they have agreed a deal with River Plate to sign Julian Alvarez.

The 22-year-old striker, who represents Argentina just like Aguero did, has joined for an initial €17million, plus €1.5m in bonuses. That equates to around £15.4m. Alvarez has signed a contract with Pep Guardiola’s side lasting until June 2027.

However, City fans will not see the goalscorer in a blue shirt this season. He will spend the rest of the campaign back on loan at River Plate before potentially linking up with the Citizens in the summer.

On the transfer, City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain said: “Julian is a player we have monitored for some time. He is capable of operating in a number of 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 really believe we can provide him with the right conditions to fulfil his potential and become a top player.”

Alvarez was in great form last term, hitting 24 goals in 46 matches in all competitions. That includes 18 strikes in just 21 league outings as River Plate won the Argentine title with three games to spare.

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City have beaten several other Premier League sides to the attacker’s signature. Aston Villa were the first English team to keep an eye on him. But Manchester United, Newcastle and Tottenham soon became involved.

United were apparently close to striking an agreement for him, only for Guardiola’s team to race in and finalise a deal earlier this week.

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