When the Argentine media broke the news today saying Manchester City had made a bid for the signing of River Plate star Julian Alvarez, it said a number of times that the offer did not get close to the player’s €20m release clause.

It turns out that when going live on TyC Sports, journalist Juan Cortese come up with different information.

He says the numbers offered by Manchester City are of US$27.5m (€22.2m), and following River Plate’s spendings with taxes and third parties, the Buenos Aires side would get ‘clean’ US$21m (€18.5m).

Not even TyC Sports’ host understands how the Premier League side are offering more than the price of the release clause, but Cortese seems very sure of what he’s claiming.

On Twitter, Cortese also claims that River Plate are ‘most likely’ to keep Alvarez at the club until June.

This possibility has been reported by the Argentine media since the bid was made.

It’s been claimed that Manchester City put two offers on the table, one where they would take the player in June, and the other to bring him now and loan him somewhere else in Europe until the end of the season.

The Buenos Aires side, however, would obviously fight to keep Alvarez for a little longer.