Aston Villa target Julian Alvarez of River Plate would reportedly prefer a move to Europe over the United States, following a bid for his services from MLS outfit Orlando City [Birmingham Mail].
The Lowdown: Aston Villa prepare for 2021/22 Premier League campaign
Looking to build upon their 11th placed finish last term, Clarets boss Dean Smith will be extremely keen to add to the already talented pool of players at his disposal.
Prioritising quality over quantity, the 50-year-old has brought in two additions so far in the form of Emiliano Buendia and Ashley Young [Transfermarkt].
Could Villa have now moved closer to a third signing of the season following recent reports?
Would Alvarez be a good signing for Aston Villa?
The Latest: Alvarez bid from Orlando City rejected; still in talks with Villa
Despite a £7.2 million bid from Orlando City being rejected by River Plate, it is said that he would not have entertained the prospective switch anyway [Birmingham Mail].
His agent is apparently still in talks with Villa over a move to the Midlands instead.
AC Milan and Eredivisie champions Ajax are also believed to be keen on bringing the 21-year-old in this summer, and he wants to move to Europe
The Verdict: Alvarez would add attacking flair to the Aston Villa fold
This news will surely be greeted with much excitement by the Villa Park hierarchy.
Capable of skipping by a man effortlessly, Alvarez would most certainly add some flair to the Villans’ arsenal.
In 2020/21, the Argentina international registered 11 goal contributions in 25 appearances; four goals and seven assists [Transfermarkt].
Posing a constant threat to defences, the youngster managed to record roughly 1.7 shots per game across the year [WhoScored].
Going into the new Premier League campaign, Aston Villa should look to sign Alvarez before other suitors take advantage, as his age and glimpses of talent show the makings of a potential bargain.
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