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There are only two days remaining in the January transfer window for Manchester City to complete any business, including the signing of Julian Alvarez.
Sources in Argentina claim the deal is currently being finalised after the basics were thrashed out at a meeting of City ’s South American recruitment team with River representatives late last week.
Alvarez has been in sensational form in the last 18 months since bursting onto the scene for River three years ago – he scored 22 goals in 45 games last season to fuel their drive to the Argentinian title.
Meanwhile, Finley Burns is set to become the third young City central defender to go out on loan this season.
River Plate confirm Alvarez deal
River Plate president Jorge Brito has confirmed that striker Julian Alvarez has joined Manchester City, insisting the deal is done.
OPINION: Man City’s brave January transfer stance has been vindicated by Tottenham and Newcastle
If you watch a certain 24-hour rolling sports news channel in the next few days, you will hear all about the impending drama that is definitely going to happen before Monday night’s transfer deadline.
You will be assured that multiple big-money deals are being made and broken right now, and reporters stood outside training grounds will be offering hour-by-hour updates of what’s happening in the buildings directly behind them.
As the big countdown clock ticks down and the accumulator of money spent grows, you will be told not to go to bed just yet, and reminded of what a deal sheet looks like so you keep watching even after the deadline passes. In the football world, deadline day has become a phenomenon and a key event in the annual calendar.
City to ‘listen’ to Sterling bids
Manchester City will be prepaed to ‘listen to offers’ for Raheem Sterling in the summer transfer window.
That is according to a report by the Daily Star, as cited by the Express, who claim that City will look to offload the England international if he fails to sign a new contract at the club by the summer.
City have been in contract talks with the former Liverpool man since September 2020, the report claims, and have so far made no breakthrough.
Haaland to ‘reject’ City transfer
Erling Haaland will reportedly reject a move to Manchester City, with the Borussia Dortmund superstar favouring a move to Spain.
Much has been made of Haaland’s future, with the striker likely to be on the move in the summer as his release clause in Germany comes into effect.
AS, as cited by Sport Witness, have claimed that Haaland ‘prefers to reject offers’ from City, PSG and United, with both the player and his family prioritising a move to Spain.
Man City’s first-ever January transfer window flop is playing key role in Riyad Mahrez’s career
The general perception is that signing footballers in the January transfer window is risky business, and Manchester City fans know that better than most.
Although in recent times the likes of Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus have shown that mid-season arrivals can be successful, City have signed plenty of duds over the years.
Benjani, Felipe Caicedo, Wilfried Bony – the list goes on. All of these players scored the odd goal for the Blues before disappearing into obscurity, rarely to be heard of ever again. But one January signing is still playing a key role in the club’s quest for success.
City already have a plan to cope with any late January transfer moves
Julian Alvarez may be confirmed before Monday night’s transfer deadline, but don’t expect many more Manchester City appearances on the Sky Sports News yellow ticker in the coming couple of days.
Alvarez looks to be a solid signing, but is one for the future as he will remain at River Plate for at least the end of the current season. After that, he won’t be guaranteed a regular place at City, and the club will still press ahead with plans to sign a big striker in the summer.
In terms of other transfer business this month, City have sold Ferran Torres, but Pep Guardiolamade it clear a replacement won’t be coming in for now. The only City interest in deadline day could be securing loan deals for their youngsters, with a handful of players still to sort out.
Man City set to loan Finley Burns to Swansea
Finley Burns is set to become the third young Manchester City central defender to go out on loan this season.
The 18-year-old, who made his senior debut in the 6-1 Carabao Cup win over Wycombe earlier this season, is about to join Swansea for the rest of the season.
His performance in that game saw him singled out for praise by Pep Guardiola, who likened the precision of his timing to a watch.