Aston Villa transfer regret as Emi Martinez plea ignored
Argentina wonderkid Julian Alvarez continues to attract attention following his move to Manchester City despite reported interest from Aston Villa in the months leading up to his big move to the Premier League champions.
Alvarez joined City for just £14m from boyhood club River Plate after scoring 24 goals in 46 appearances for the club last season. But the breakdown of those numbers says a lot about the 22-year-old’s talent, as he registered 25 goals in 21 league appearances last season, including a tally of 18.
This season, Alvarez has scored 22 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions as the River gun to league and Copa Libertadores glory. And in his last performance in River’s 5-1 win over Union Santa Fe, Alvarez finished the night with two goals and two assists as his move to Man City draws closer.
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Alvarez has now scored 16 goals for River this season and would stay until the end of their 16th Copa Libertadores return leg on July 6. He will then join City for the pre-season, with their first game in Houston in July. 20.
Villa fans will be well aware of Alvarez’s abilities, having been heavily linked with an interest in bringing the striker to Europe before City complete his move. Her Argentina teammate and Villa number one Emi Martinez has admitted talking with Alvarez about swapping River for Villa.
Martinez said: “We all know Julian’s talent. But he’s a very humble guy who sacrificed himself and worked hard to get where he is.
“He’s going to do well at City. In fact, I think he’s going to be a superstar. I wanted him to come to Aston Villa. Before the Copa America last year, I told him to join us. was clear this city were already in place.
“Julian is going to do well there. We are talking about him working with one of the best coaches in the world. He will bring a lot of quality – but also a lot of commitment to the team.”