Julian Alvarez is unlikely to be affected by work permit problems as Aston Villa weigh up a £15 million bid to bring the Argentina international to the Premier League, as reported by Ole.
It is a question all Villa fans are asking right now; How on earth do you replace the irreplaceable?
With Manchester City growing increasingly confident that a deal for Jack Grealish can be done before the August transfer deadline, Aston Villa have a decision to make. Do they look for a like-for-like replacement, reinvest that £100 million windfall into a superstar signing, or instead spread out the money and reinforce a number of different positions?
Either way, Alvarez would arrive under the microscope should he arrive in the post-Grealish era.
No one is suggesting that the 21-year-old will be a direct successor for the England international – they are very different players in very different positions – but the River Plate starlet would still be expected to provide the creativity, skill and vision that Aston Villa stand to lose should their talismanic number ten depart.
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Calciomercato reported last week that Alvarez has his heart set on a move to Europe this summer.
His agent was apparently set to hold talks with both Aston Villa and Ajax on Thursday – whether that happened, however, is anyone’s guess at this stage.
It remains to be seen whether Villa step up their interest – they have plenty of time on their side with two months of the transfer window remaining. But if they do, a deal for Alvarez is unlikely to be hit by work permit problems.
Ole point out that, as Alvarez is an Argentina international plying his trade in a high-profile league – and would cost in excess of £10 million – he will qualify for a work permit in the UK.
It is understood that the youngster is also applying for a European citizenship.
With the path to many EU countries blocked in the post-Brexit era, expect more Premier League clubs to look at South America for signings.