Manchester United have reportedly been in touch with Julian Alvarez’s agent as they work on signing the striker.
The River Plate star has already been linked with United ahead of the January transfer window opening, with reports in Argentina suggesting earlier this month the club had joined the race for the 21-year-old.
Alvarez has been in superb form this season, scoring 24 goals and adding 15 assists in 46 games in all competitions, and has caught the eye of some European clubs ahead of the New Year.
TyC Sports now report that Alvarez’s agent, Fernando Hidalgo, has been contacted by United as they work towards potentially signing the striker.
The report states United have a “clear intention” to arrange a meeting on New Year’s Eve and find out what conditions they need to meet in order to sign Alvarez.
United are said to be aware they will need to meet his €20m release clause, with River Plate not wanting to let their prize asset go, and the fee is not thought to be a stumbling block.
Despite United’s reported confidence, River Plate believe they can keep hold of Alvarez beyond January, with his contract set to expire in December 2022.
Elsewhere, Edinson Cavani’s hopes of a move to Barcelona look to have received a blow, with reports suggesting the Catalan giants are turning their attentions elsewhere.
Cavani has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in January, with his chances at Old Trafford proving more limited this season following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Uruguay international has been linked with a move back to South America, while Barcelona have also been touted as a possible destination, with Xavi on the lookout for a new striker after Sergio Aguero was forced to retire.
It seems though that Cavani is no longer one of Barca’s main targets, with AS claiming they are now looking towards their La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid as they eye up Alvaro Morata.
The former Chelsea striker is currently on loan at Juventus, although Barcelona are said to have entered ‘advanced talks’ with Morata’s agent, with another loan move a possibility.
Xavi though is reportedly keen on keeping the 29-year-old for longer, which could end any hopes Cavani had of heading to the Camp Nou.
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