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Man City to follow Julian Alvarez deal with two more Argentina starlets as initial transfer talks held

Julian Alvarez might not be the only young Argentine starlet to join Man City this year as they are reportedly scouting two Boca Juniors players.

Alvarez is a 22-year-old forward who was in deadly form during the most recent Liga Profesional campaign. He hit 18 goals in just 21 appearances as River Plate won the league title with three games to spare.

His talent led to interest from Tottenham, Barcelona and Aston Villa, but it was Man City who won the transfer race during January.

They signed the five-time Argentina international for €17million (£14.1m), as per BBC Sport.

Alvarez looks set to become Sergio Aguero’s replacement at the Etihad, although Man City fans will not see him in the Premier League just yet.

The goalscorer will spend the rest of the season back on loan at River Plate. That agreement could be extended until January 2023, too.

Reports now claim the Citizens are returning to the South American country as they keep tabs on two young talents.

Two more youngsters on Man City radar

According to Sports Mole, who cite Argentine outlet Bola VIP, Pep Guardiola’s side like the look of Exequiel Zeballos.

He mainly plays as a right winger for Boca and made 11 appearances during the recent campaign, scoring one goal.

Zeballos, still just 19, can also operate at centre-forward or as a left winger. This kind of versatility is attractive to Guardiola and the City scouting staff.

The teenager looks set for another exciting year in Boca colours. Should he improve his threat in front of goal then City could launch an official bid.

Preliminary talks have already been held between the two clubs over Zeballos’ availability, according to the report.

His younger team-mate Valentin Barco has also been the subject of initial discussions. Barco, 17, plays as a left-back or left midfielder.

He featured three times in 2020-21 and will be looking to gain more senior experience next term.

Guardiola can already rely on Joao Cancelo on the left side of defence, but Barco could become his long-term successor.

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