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Is Manchester City’s Alvarez The Biggest Bargain In World Football?

Blues Signed Argentine Star For Just £14m

Manchester City v Fluminense: Final - FIFA Club World Cup Saudi Arabia 2023 Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

If there was a trophy for the biggest bargain in football, it would surely be added to the Manchester City trophy cabinet. £14.1m for Argentine striker Julian Alvarez is an absolute snip considering the type of player that the blues have managed to sign.

Signing for City from River Plate in January 2022, Alvarez remained at his former club until the summer to begin his career in Europe. And what an incredible year he’s had.

Since arriving at City, Alvarez has won:

He has also scored 27 goals from 75 games in just two seasons in Manchester. Add to that, the goals he scored on the world’s biggest stage in Qatar in 2022, Alvarez has had an amazing 12 months.

And, at just 23 years old, he is destined to become one of the biggest names in world football.

But, to see exactly what type of bargain City got when signing the striker, he’ll need to be compared against some of the other ‘big names’ that went for higher fees.

Brazilian forward Antony made the move to the Stretford Rangers in August 2022 for an initial fee of around £82m, with add-ons bumping up the fee. While Alvarez won three domestic and one international trophy, Antony won the League Cup, lost the FA Cup and saw his Brazil side beaten by Croatia on penalties.

Uruguay international Darwin Nunez signed for Liverpool, a deal that was struck for an initial £65m, while add-ons took his fee towards the £85m mark. So far, as Liverpool’s main striker, Nunez has scored just 22 goals and claimed the Community Shield.

Meanwhile, Chelsea spent around £100m on Moses Caicedo, a fee that could rise to £115m and £107m on Enzo Fernandez. Between them, they have scored an incredible three goals. Okay, Fernandez has scored three, we’re still waiting on Caicedo.

Over £200m with a three-goal return, compared to £14.1m, City have not only got a bargain, but they have a recognised winner in their side.

And, with rumours continuing to circulate, particularly from Spain, that Erling Haaland may join Real next summer, the summer after or the summer after that (yawn), City have the perfect striker ready to replace him if, indeed, Haaland does decide to try his luck in Spain. He’s more that proven his worth and, should that time come, Alvarez will be ready.

£14.1m was his initial fee. What price would you put on the head of Alvarez now?