The growth of Julián Álvarez with River Plate has caused many European clubs to take an interest in the 21-year-old forward.
Nonetheless, the young forward will hope to do something that not many young Argentine players do when making the jump from South America to one of Europe’s top clubs without a stop-gap in between.
Fiorentina sporting director Nicolás Burdisso states that Álvarez has the capability of jumping from Argentina straight to a European giant during his interview with La Nación (via TNT Sports Argentina).
“We don’t see Argentines going straight to the elite clubs. No. Maybe Julián Álvarez is a possibility, we’ll see,” Burdisso said. “He has been competing in the South American elite for two or three years. , he is in his right degree of maturity, he did a process in a team where the containment and management of the coach helped him.”
One of the last players was Lautaro Martínez, who went from Club Racing in Argentina to Inter Milan, where he’s been a significant player for the Italian side.
Two of Europes biggest in AC Milan and Real Madrid, have reportedly expressed interest. The Serie A club needs to inject some youth into their forward group that relies heavily on older players like Zlatan Ibrahimovi? and Olivier Giroud.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid has shown if it likes a young player from South America, they’ll invest heavily to get them as they’ve done with young Brazilian players. So it will be interesting to see if the same criteria apply to Argentines.