Julian Alvarez speaks out on his future amid Manchester United speculation


Manchester United transfer target Julian Alvarez looks on after River Plate win Primera Division title

Manchester United have reportedly made contact over a move for Julian Alvarez (Picture: Getty)

Julian Alvarez has refused to rule out a move away from River Plate amid rumours he could be set to join Manchester United this winter.

The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the finest attacking players in Argentine football since bursting onto the scene and racked up 18 goals and six assists to help River Plate win the Primera Division title last month.

The Argentine champions remain hopeful they can convince Alvarez to stay on for another season, but the youngster’s outstanding performances have caught the attention of some of Europe’s elite clubs including Bayern Munich, Juventus and Atletico Madrid.

Recent reports emanating from Argentina indicated that Manchester United had joined the race for Alvarez’s signature, with the Premier League giants opening discussions ahead of a potential bid in January.

The Red Devils are aware that Alvarez has a £17million release clause in his contract at River Plate, though, which will rise to £21m in the final ten days of the transfer window.

United could, alternatively, wait until Alvarez’s contract expires next winter to make their move, but competition would likely be fierce for the Argentina international given he would be available on a free transfer.

River Plate v Racing Club - Professional League Cup

Alvarez’s contract expires next winter (Picture: Getty)

‘Frankly, I don’t know what will happen, now I’m only thinking about celebrating. In January we will see,’ Alvarez told reporters following River Plate’s 4-0 win over Colon.

On whether a January move could jeopardise his hopes of landing a World Cup spot, Alvarez added: ‘We all know how much the World Cup means for a player.

‘When I make my decision I’ll choose what’s best for me.’

Alvarez made his debut for the Argentina national team back in June, coming on as a substitute in the side’s World Cup qualifying match with Chile.

The attacking midfielder has since been capped four further times and is desperate to nail down his place in Lionel Scaloni’s squad ahead of Qatar 2022.

Alvarez would become the seventh Argentine to represent United should he complete a move to Old Trafford, following in the footsteps of Juan Sebastian Veron, Gabriel Heinze, Carlos Tevez, Angel Di Maria, Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero.

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