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Riverplate's Etcheverry Nearing Premier League Move to Manchester City

 Riverplate's Etcheverry Nearing Premier League Move to Manchester City

Julian Alvarez of Manchester City
Julian Alvarez of Manchester City scores a goal to make it 1-2 during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Manchester City at Goodison Park on December 27, 2023 in Liverpool, England(Image-Getty) 

La Liga, Ligue 1 and the Premier League—all three leagues were potential destinations for Claudio Etcheverry. Among them, two teams were interested in him in the Premier League - Manchester City and Chelsea. In the end, Club City of Manchester is going to be the address of Etcheverry. Riverplate have agreed to sell the 17-year-old Argentine to City.

  However, the two clubs are following the 'Julian Alvarez model' in this sales phase. City bought Alvarez from Riverplate in January 2022. However, he was not taken to England immediately but was kept at River Plate as a 'loan'. Moved to City after the season ended. This time, the two clubs will follow the same procedure in the case of Etcheverry.

Etcheverry, 17, is contracted to Riverplate until December 2024. A few days ago, he informed the Argentine club that he will not renew the current contract when it expires. Go to another club. Interest from European clubs has increased since he scored a hat-trick for Argentina against Brazil at the FIFA U-17 World Cup last month. Apart from that, Real Madrid, PSG, Barcelona and City have been eyeing him since the beginning of the year.

In the end, CTE was able to bring the negotiations with Riverplate to the final stage, according to various press in Argentina and Europe. Riverplate and City have 'agreed in principle' over a move for Etcheverry, TYC Sports and ESPN have confirmed. Discussions are now underway to finalize the details. The exact amount City are paying to buy Etcheverry is not yet known. However, two and a half million euros are being spent on the release clause.

According to ESPN sources, City will complete the process of buying Etcheverry in January's winter transfer window. After that, like Alvarez, Etcheverry will be kept at Riverplate as a 'loan player'. He will be brought back after the end of the 2023–24 Premier League season or midway through the 2024–25 season.

This will benefit all three parties. City will be sure to buy a promising player who is in demand in the market, Riverplate will get money from the sale despite playing the full term of the contract and Etcheverry will be able to play for a few more days at his debut club with certainty about his future destination.

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