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Aston Villa: Steven Gerrard’s side battle for Julian Alvarez

Aston Villa: Steven Gerrard’s side battle for Julian Alvarez -Aston Villa Transfer Rumours

Aston Villa are competing with European giants for the signature of River Plate’s Julian Alvarez, according to Argentine outlet Ole (via Sport Witness).

The lowdown

The 21-year-old is predominantly a striker but can also operate from the right wing.

He has plundered a mightily impressive 17 goals in just 19 games this season, contributing a further seven assists (via Transfermarkt). Akso, having made his Argentina debut in June, he has now racked up five caps for Lionel Scaloni’s side.

Alvarez has been compared to Spiderman because, from an early age, he controlled the ball so well that it seemed he had four pairs of legs.

The latest

The report from Ole (via Sport Witness) stated that Aston Villa have ‘shown their interest’ in Alvarez, but they’re not the only ‘vulture’ circling.

The likes of Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter, Juventus and Ajax are all said to be in the frame as well, with the 21-year-old having a €20m (£16.9m) release clause in his contract, which is due to expire next year.

The verdict

Alvarez may not be a player that Aston Villa need, per se, as they’ve signed two strikers in little over a year in Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins. Deals for Emiliano Buendia and Leon Bailey have also added to their plentiful options out wide.

However, it’s easy to understand why he’s a player they want. His goalscoring record is stunning, and he could go on to become a superstar. Also, a potential investment of £16.9m looks a snip, but whether Villa can beat off such strong competition is another matter entirely.

In other news, many Villa fans react to this update on one wantaway ace.

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