Aston Villa must land Argentina starlet Julian Alvarez amid a recent transfer claim.
Reports in recent days and weeks have claimed that Fernando Hidalgo, the agent of the 20-year-old, is set to meet with Villa’s representatives over a possible summer move to Dean Smith’s side.
And now, speaking exclusively to This is Futbol, The Express and Star journalist Luke Hatfield said: “It’s an interesting one because Villa have kept their cards pretty close to their chest in terms of linked names. In terms of strikers, you haven’t seen many other names other than Tammy Abraham.
“One man they were linked with was Julian Alvarez from South America, Argentinian, very young. That seems to fit the mould for me a little bit more just because he’s a younger player, probably won’t expect to start week in, week out in the Premier League but won’t be as expensive as Tammy Abraham. There’s talk of around £15-£20 million maybe for him. That seems to add up a little bit more.”
The River Plate ace is someone who can play anywhere across the frontline, and after a really impressive campaign in his native Argentina, he was named as part of his country’s Copa America squad for this summer.
He bagged four goals and set up another seven in just 20 appearances last season, including a couple of games where he registered a trio of assists against Godoy Cruz and Central Cordoba respectively.
Marcelo Gallardo, his manager at club level, has previously hailed the 5 foot 7 gem as someone who “every coach would love to have.”
And, given his international compatriot Emi Buendia has just arrived at Villa Park this summer as well, Smith could build a formidable partnership between the two going forward.
His average of 1.7 dribbles per game is actually higher than Buendia (1.6), while he has also shown an ability to provide an end product, averaging 1.6 key passes and 1.3 shots per match – Villa’s new boy managed 3.1 key passes and 2.8 shots per game in 2020/21.
With that level of directness and willingness to make things happen, the two Argentines appear perfect in giving Smith’s side an extra dimension going forward.
Buendia would be able to help Alvarez settle down in England both on and off the pitch, and that could reap rich rewards when they play together as they build up a relationship.
With Buendia and Alvarez in tandem, Villa could have a duo that takes the pressure of talisman Jack Grealish, and give opposition teams something else to think and worry about.