Barcelona needs to secure this in-demand youngster

River Plate's forward Julian Alvarez. (Photo by ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP via Getty Images)
River Plate's forward Julian Alvarez. (Photo by ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP via Getty Images) /

Barcelona is in a bit of a pickle at the moment after being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League. The European tournament was a good revenue generator for the club and being knocked out so early will hurt them financially. With the club already under a lot of monetary restraints, it is becoming increasingly difficult to improve the squad. The Catalans have to rely on free transfers and even their free transfers such as Eric Garcia, Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero, failed to make too much of an impact. Aguero’s story is different and quite saddening, however, without the Argentine Barcelona has no proper centre-forward.

Right now, Barca is trying to get a new centre-forward. Their current number nine, Depay, is not a regular goalscorer and has only scored eight goals in 21 matches across all competitions. This is due to the fact that he is not a traditional number nine and he was brought into the club because Ronald Koeman wanted to make a team around him. Aguero was supposed to be the backup striker however, now it seems like Barca will need to go for someone else. Edinson Cavani is the person they have in mind but River Plate’s Julian Alvarez would be an even better choice.

According to Forbes, the Catalans were interested in bringing RB Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi as a replacement for Aguero. However, since they were too slow to start negotiations, the German player decided to agree to a verbal contract with Borussia Dortmund. Now, Barca has shifted their attention to Julian Alvarez instead, however, this time they must move quickly as clubs such as Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan are just a few of the clubs waiting to snatch him up. The player’s release clause is set at 25 million euros and that is still a payable sum for the Catalans.

Alvarez has already scored 17 goals so far in his domestic league this season, and he has also provided nine assists in the league. He is truly an excellent player who is ready for a move to Europe and Barcelona will have to be assertive if they want to acquire his services. He is an adaptive player who can play as a winger as well, which is a crucial plus point for Xavi Hernandez. He is also very young and thus would be a better investment than Cavani, so if the Catalans are really interested, they should trigger his release clause, as soon as possible, before it is too late.

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