Former River Plate star Rafael Santos Borre believes Julian Alvarez should stay in Argentina rather than join a Premier League giant like Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa or West Ham United, speaking to TYC Sport.
Santos Borre knows from experience that a prolific goalscoring record in South American football does not automatically mean you are guaranteed to make a flying start to life on European soil.
The one-time Atletico Madrid youngster scored goals for fun in the red and white of River Plate. Since joining Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga, however, Santos Borre has found the net just three times in 19 games.
So, with Aston Villa, West Ham, Spurs and a whole host of other clubs across the continent fighting for Alvarez’s sought-after signature, would the Copa America winner benefit from staying one more year in his Argentinian homeland?
Santos Borre thinks so.
Should Julian Alvarez turn down a Premier League transfer?
“My advice would be to spend one more time in River, which is the place where you are feeling comfortable,” says the striker of a man who shot to fame with 17 goals in 19 games this season.
“(Alvarez should) make the decision to come to Europe when you feel more secure and prepared to face the challenge.
“He is a great player who, over time, has learned many things. One of the great virtues that Juli has is that he is a very multifunctional player.
“Many times, he drifts to the right, to the left, he appears in the middle and he hurts you a lot in all these positions.”
Alvarez, who very nearly joined Real Madrid as a teenager and has since been linked with the likes of AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund, has a £21 million release clause in his contract.
River Plate’s Vice President Jorge Brito insists that the striker will not be sold for a penny less than that, even if his current deal is due to expire in just 12 months’ time.
It is understood that Aston Villa have been watching Alvarez since as far back as January and considered a bid when Jack Grealish departed for Manchester City in the summer.