Julián Álvarez

Premier League defending champions Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Julián Álvarez from River Plate on a five-and-a-half-year deal.

The club’s director of Football Txiki Begiristain believes City have signed a player with significant potential.

“Julián Álvarez is a player we have monitored for some time,” Begiristain said. “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.

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“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.”

The 22-year-old, who has five senior international caps with Argentina, has scored 36 goals and provided 25 assists in 96 River Plate appearances.

He will however remain with River on loan at least until July 2022.

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