Manchester United have reportedly stepped up their efforts to sign River Plate forward Julian Alvarez, who is also a target for Bayern Munich.

According to TyC Sports, Manchester United have made contact with Julian Alvarez’s representatives, sounding out the possibility of a potential move in the near future. The Premier League giants intend to seek out the terms of the River Plate forward, with a meeting expected to take place soon after the turn of the year.

The report suggests the player is open to leaving River Plate after enjoying stellar success in his native Argentine over the past few years. And although the club is not too keen on offloading their star player, they may be forced to a sale should Man United trigger his €20 million release clause.

A native of Calchin, Alvarez has been one of the top performers for River Plate ever since his promotion to the senior side in early 2019. The attacker has notched up 96 competitive appearances for the club, scoring 36 goals while providing 25 assists.

The 21-year-old’s contributions have been critical in helping River Plate win the Copa Argentina in 2019, and it appears the Argentine giants are well on their way to securing the league title this term. The forward’s 18 goals in 21 games, to that end, has been crucial, while the youngster also notably won the Copa America with Argentina earlier in the summer.

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Alvarez’s rapid rise to prominence has already made him a top target for almost every top club in Europe. The player has even recently confirmed an offer from Bayern Munich when meeting German singer Marita Kollner on the beaches of Mexico. However, it appears the Bavarians are set to face stiff competition from Manchester United in the pursuit of the young forward.

After a steady start to life under Ralf Rangnick, the Red Devils are in the market for attacking reinforcements. They have already been linked with a move for Leeds United superstar Raphinha, but in Julian Alvarez, they could find themselves a more cost-effective option.

More importantly, the 21-year-old’s tactical versatility could be better suited to Rangnick’s footballing philosophy, as the German tactician looks to build his team around young players. And for a fee of just €20 million, the Argentine international could be nothing short of a bargain for the Red Devils.

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