For the past month or so, various reports have explained that Aston Villa are in the battle to sign River Plate star Julián Álvarez.

The forward has been shining for the Argentine side, scoring 15 goals and registering 13 assists from 38 matches, which has attracted interest from other clubs.

Olé claim AC Milan and Napoli are ‘evaluating the possibility of approaching a deferred purchase proposal’ to take the 21-year-old in 2022 as they ‘do not plan’ to bring him to Serie A in January.

Milan, who sent a scout to watch the player in action against San Lorenzo earlier this month, will face competition from clubs in Italy, as well as Bayer Leverkusen, Aston Villa and Real Madrid.

Regarding Dean Smith’s side, it’s said the English club have been ‘studying’ Álvarez’s profile for close to a year now.

Both Aston Villa and the La Liga giants are ‘willing to negotiate’ the frontman’s transfer.

Álvarez has a €25m release clause in his contract, and with several suitors, those at River Plate are of the belief one of the European clubs will come forward and present an offer in the short-term.