According to newly-reported remarks from Italian media, Fiorentina’s sports director has acknowledged that Manchester City has beaten the Serie A club to the signing of in-demand River Plate attacker Julian Alvarez.
Julian Alvarez’s transfer to Citizens from Argentine giants River Plate was confirmed by Fabrizio Romano earlier this week.
Pep Guardiola’s side have finally got their hands on a natural striker, according to reports that the official announcement for the Argentine international will be made before Friday of this week.
However, the Premier League winners were not the only team interested in signing the 21-year-old, with a number of clubs, including La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid, apparently keen.
Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade has revealed that City beat his club in the hunt to recruit Julian Alvarez, according to a recent story by Firenze Viola, as translated and transmitted by Sport Witness.
“We followed him for a long time. But there was never a need to take him, and now he has been taken by Manchester City”, Daniele Prade confessed.
The Fiorentina officials went on to explain why the move may not end up working in ideal fashion for Alvarez, saying, “I don’t know if the choice of going to (Manchester) City is the right one for him, given the many champions (in their team) – it will be difficult to find continuity.”
Given that Dusan Vlahovic was a top priority for Manchester City as a potential successor to Sergio Aguero, Julian Alvarez may have ended up at Fiorentina instead of the Premier League champions if things had gone differently.
But, in the end, Manchester City appear to have signed the River Plate striker, while Vlahovic is expected to join other Serie A rivals Juventus later this month.
In response to Daniele Prade’s remark regarding why Julian Alvarez’s move to Pep Guardiola’s side could not work out, it’s important to note that the club’s recent track record in terms of scouting players is unrivaled.