Despite all the excitement today for Julian Alvarez’ potential move to Manchester City, it now becomes clear that Pep Guardiola’s side are not taking the player to England in January.

A new update from Argentine journalist Veronica Brunati confirms that the Premier League club indeed have an agreement with River Plate and with the striker.

However, she also points out that Alvarez should stay in Buenos Aires for six more months and get to play the first part of the Copa Libertadores this year.

Then, in the summer, Manchester City will see if they have any departures in the squad and so could give him a chance to join. Otherwise, he should be loaned again, and could even get his spell at River Plate extended.

Brunati claims Manchester City ‘continue to look for a centre forward’ in this transfer window, as Alvarez’s arrival is indeed seen as plan for the future.

She even says that the operation to sign him is something similar to the one of Ferran Torres, who was bought for €23m and sold for €62m.

According to the latest claims from Argentina, Manchester City’s bid for Alvarez is of €22m.