United target Julian Alvarez urged to move to Spain by ex-teammate

Just prior to the festive break, Argentine newspaper Ole claimed Manchester United had enquired after River Plate top scorer Julian Alvarez.

There has been no progress on a deal beyond that, and it’s uncertain whether United’s approach was simply a case of scouting the player, or a prelude to an actual move.

Alvarez is one of South America’s top talents, with the player who celebrated River’s title win in a Spiderman mask netting 24 goals over the past season.

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Alvarez urged to consider alternatives

Manchester United are one of a handful of top teams to enquire after Alvarez, including upcoming Champions League opponents Atletico Madrid.

Former River teammate Ignacio Scocco, who had a brief spell in England with Sunderland, has urged Alvarez to explore his options and recommends a move to Spain as his best option.

Scocco told Ole: “I think it is a very personal decision, he has to know when to make that decision. What I can speak of from experience is that the player not only has to see if the city or the country are beautiful or how much he is going to get paid. Also to see the coach who is going to direct him and how the team plays where he will go.

“For me, Julián Alvarez will not need adaptation in Spain. It is football where there are spaces and they let you play. The player has to feel comfortable and enjoy within the pitch. You achieve it and you achieve it when you can be in a team where you can reach your potential.”

Do United have the direction?

Aside from his recommendation Alvarez moves to a Spanish club, Scocco raises an interesting point where he talks about a player needing to know who the manager will be where he will sign and how he will be utilised.

This is a factor United simply cannot honestly sell to potential signings right now, with Rangnick only officially in post on an interim basis until the end of the season.

There is no clarity over who the next manager will be, and nor is a decision expected until the end of the current season.

This has the potential to hold United back with possible signings, either in January or early next summer, due to the lack of clarity.

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There are bigger short term priorities for United to worry about right now, starting with getting results on the pitch in the next upcoming games and climbing up the table.

United may make one signing in January perhaps, but it’s unlikely to be a striker like Alvarez. Fixing the team’s dysfunctional midfield is far more important.

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