As the Argentine media won’t stop talking about Julian Alvarez, the striker was of course one of the subjects in the interview that Olé featured with River Plate vice-president Jorge Brito on Thursday.

With the player currently linked to Aston Villa, AC Milan, and other Italian sides, his move to European football is seen as a matter of time by the local press.

So the newspaper asked Brito if it’ll be hard to hold the starlet if they’re unable to raise his current €20m release clause. The answer was that they’re working on it, and it turns out the official revealed that his agent has been in the United Kingdom.

“The objective, now that his agent returned from England, is to talk to reach a good agreement and for Julian to stay,” Jorge Brito told Olé.

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Brito also claimed that they’ll try to hold Alvarez for as long as possible, and even though he couldn’t speak to the player about it, his representative is aware of that.

“I can speak for River. We believe that he is young, he grew a lot, the world is talking about him and there is a World Cup next year: that’s a description of reality. We’re looking to transfer a player when he’s reached the top of himself, a moment that is good for him and the club. And we believe that Julian still has not arrived at his.

“Our talks are with the representative. With the players our relationship is human and affective: we do not invade them with labour issues. That is within the scope of the coaching staff.”

Among the many times Aston Villa were linked to the striker, the last one was on Monday, when Marca listed the Premier League side as one of the candidates to land him. The hype on the 21-year-old has been huge, especially after he scored four goals at the weekend.

The player’s agent making a trip to England, the reason for which is seemingly unknown to River Plate, certainly raises an eyebrow.