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Man City are set to beat rivals Man Utd for a transfer fee of 17 million pounds to get the outstanding feat of Argentinian Julian Alvarez from River Plate

MANCHESTER CITY is closing a deal with River Plate Argentina international striker Julian Alvarez.

The 21-year-old – who is valued at around £17m by his club – was previously affiliated with Manchester United.

Man City are reportedly close to meeting United's £17m target Julian Alvarez from River Plate

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Man City are reportedly close to signing United’s £17m target Julian Alvarez from River PlateCredit: AFP

But neighbor City took the lead in the race for his signature.

And reports in South America suggest a deal is near.

Alvarez will most likely spend the rest of the season with River Plate as part of the deal.

It will then be decided by Man City whether he is affiliated with Pep Guardiola’s team or joins one of the other teams in the original City Football Group.

He’s had a stellar season in Argentina – scoring 18 goals and assisting seven times in just 21 games so far.

Alvarez has the ability to play wide or cross into the middle.

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Meanwhile, Man City’s forgotten man Patrick Roberts has joined League One Sunderland in a first six-month deal.

The Black Cats have the option to extend at the end of the season in a deal that could be worth up to £3 million.

Winger, 24, leaves The Citizens after seven years and EIGHT loan, with his last going to French Troyes.

Roberts, who is ready to take on Portsmouth on Saturday, said: “I can’t wait to get started.

“I went to Sheffield Wednesday a couple of weeks ago to feel it and it was great to see.

“It’s something that I want to be a part of.

“The fans want you to play well and work hard every day of the game and the pressure and the expectations are what I get.

“I just want to do good for my supporters and get Sunderland back where they belong.”

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