Manchester City signed Julian Alvarez, the main striker in Argentina’s victory in the World Cup semi-final match in Qatar against Croatia, in January this year for 20 million euros.
Julian Alvarez got the penalty kick from which Messi scored the first goal, scored the second goal with a wonderful individual work, and then scored the third goal also after a Kharafi assist from Messi. Three actions with which he confirmed his brilliant career, which he spent in River Plate, the team in which he trained and in which he began to shine.
Thanks to his goals with his team in Argentina, Julian Alvarez has captivated Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City scouts in South America.
Pep Guardiola saw the process clearly because he knew of Barcelona’s interest in signing Ferran Torres, who signed him a year and a half ago for 25 million euros.
Manchester City decided to sell Ferran Torres to Barcelona for 55 million euros (plus 15 in bonuses) to spend part of this income on the Julian Alvarez deal.
On January 31, 2022, precisely the day he turned 22, Julian Alvarez signed with Manchester City although he did not join immediately but stayed for six months at River Plate to finish the season in Argentina and start the 22/23 season with Guardiola.
With the guarantee of signing Alvarez, City opened the door to selling Ferran Torres to Barcelona, who paid double what City paid when they signed him from Valencia.
The signing of Ferran Torres not only helped City sign Julian Alvarez, but also used the proceeds from the sale of Ferran Torres to take over the services of Erling Haaland. It certainly wasn’t a bad deal for City.