Manchester City have confirmed the signing of forward Julian Alvarez from River Plate.
The 22-year-old signed a five-year contract with the Citizens in January for around £14.2m before returning to his native country on loan.
City have now announced that Alvarez will fly to Manchester this weekend ahead of the 2022-23 season and will be unveiled to supporters at a club event on Sunday, alongside summer signings Erling Braut Haaland, Kalvin Phillips, and Stefan Ortega.
Alvarez told mancity.com about his arrival at the club: “I am incredibly happy and I feel ready to play for City.”
“Without a doubt, this is one of the most powerful teams in the world.” You only need to look at what this team has accomplished in the last decade to understand the caliber of the setup.
“I am confident that I will thrive here.” [Pep Guardiola’s] style of play is exciting, and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
“City has an amazing recent history of Argentinian players,” the Argentina international continued, “and I want to put my stamp on the club in the same way Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta, and Carlos Tevez did.”
“I am extremely grateful for everything River Plate has done for me, and I would like to thank the fans, staff, and players for their support.”
“However, I am now completely focused on Manchester City, and I want to give my all to this club, help my teammates, and contribute to the club’s success.”
Alvarez, who will wear the number 19 shirt at Etihad Stadium, is regarded as one of South America’s brightest prospects, having left River Plate with 53 goals and 31 assists in 120 senior games across all competitions.
Since the beginning of last year, the forward has been on fire in front of goal, scoring 41 times in 69 games, including six goals in an 8-1 win over Alianza Lima at the end of May.
Alvarez will now join Guardiola’s first-team squad for their pre-season tour of the United States later this month.