Aston Villa are reportedly set to make a bid for a talented young forward…
According to TNT Sports, as transcribed by TeamTalk, Aston Villa are set to make an £8.5m (€10m) bid for River Plate winger Julian Alvarez. Dean Smith is said to want strength in depth at the top end of the pitch and has identified the Argentine as a player he would like at Villa Park.
The report claims that Alvarez’s agent is poised to fly to England to discuss terms with the Midlands club, showing how serious Villa are about a deal for the youngster.
Sporting director Johan Lange could strike gold for Smith by completing a deal for Alvarez. He is already showing his intent by preparing to make a bid for the forward, which suggests that he believes a transfer is realistic ahead of next season.
Alvarez’s contract at River Plate expires next summer and the Argentine club could be tempted to cash in now before potentially losing him on a free transfer in a year’s time.
Transfermarkt values Alvarez at £13.5m so Villa could land a bargain if River Plate accept their £8.5m offer. His contract situation could allow the Villans to strike gold and land an exceptional value-for-money deal, which would leave Smith buzzing as it could save additional funds that he could use to improve other areas of the squad.
In the 2020/21 campaign, Alvarez was directly involved in 11 goals for River Plate. He managed four goals and seven assists from out wide, averaging a goal contribution every 121 minutes. Jack Grealish, meanwhile, was the only Villa player who managed more than six assists in the Premier League (10) last season, although new arrival Emi Buendia racked up 16 for Norwich in the Championship.
Alvarez could be a creative outlet for Villa that they have been lacking from their other wide options, with himself and Buendia increasing the creativity within the club’s attacking line up. Ollie Watkins would love that as it could provide him with the ammunition he needs to keep scoring goals.
At the age of 21, Alvarez also has the majority of his career left ahead of him. He still has plenty of room to develop and Smith could coach him into becoming a key player for the club. Therefore, Lange could be striking gold by securing a deal for the talented wide man this summer.