With a total of 14 goals scored in the Premier League with ten games played so far this season, Aston Villa have not struggled to put the ball in the back of the net compared to some of the other teams currently around them in the league table.
However, it seems as though Dean Smith’s side are eyeing up the opportunity to add another attacking talent to their squad in the near future to help strengthen their side going forward.
It has recently been reported by Ole (via Sport Witness) that Villa have been keeping a close eye on River Plate striker Julian Alvarez over the past year and are apparently willing to negotiate with the Argentinian club over a potential transfer for their attacking star.
The report also claims that AC Milan, Napoli, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Madrid have an interest in Alvarez alongside Villa, which could make it tough for the Midlands club to potentially secure the player.
As a product of River Plate’s youth system, the 21-year-old, who is currently valued at £18m according to Transfermarkt, has made a total of 88 appearances for the club across all competitions in which he has managed to score 27 goals and provide 23 assists along the way, which is probably why so many clubs across Europe, including Villa, have an eye on the Argentine.
So far this season, Alvarez, who has been described as a “serious” player by Marcelo Gallardo, has managed to rack up an impressive 11 goals and six assists in 14 league appearances, suggesting he’d be a dream signing from an offensive point of view.
The forward really lives up to the aforementioned praise with an average of 2.9 shots and 1.6 key passes per game, showing how much of a danger he is from an attacking point of view. If we line those statistics up with everyone in Smith’s squad, he’d top the charts for both areas.
In terms of a potential move to Villa, we feel that this could be a wonderful signing for Johan Lange and co to secure at Villa Park given their poor run of form, how young Alvarez is and the attacking talent he’s shown at a fairly young age. With that final factor in mind, it could make him a solid long-term replacement for Danny Ings who will be turning 30 in July.
However, with the other clubs reportedly interested in the attacker and the possible hefty price tag that River Plate could put on him given he’s one of their own and in brilliant form at the moment, it could make it a challenge for the Midlands club to secure his signature.