Man City jump ahead of Man Utd in battle for River Plate striker Julian Alvarez | OneFootball

Man City jump ahead of Man Utd in battle for River Plate striker Julian Alvarez

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Manchester City have jumped ahead of Manchester United for River Plate striker Julian Alvarez.

The Sun says the 21-year-old – who is rated at around £17million by his club – has previously been linked with United.

But neighbours City have moved ahead in the race for his signature.

And reports in South America suggest a deal is close.

Alvarez is likely to spend the remainder of the season with River Plate as part of the agreement.

Then City would decide whether he links up with Pep Guardiola's squad or joins one of the other teams in the City Football Group initially.

He has enjoyed an outstanding season in Argentina – scoring 18 goals and laying on seven assists in just 21 games so far.

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