With much of the world focusing its attention on the arrival of Erling Haaland to Manchester City, many have forgotten the name, Julian Alvarez.

But the forward served a timely reminder to everyone of his potential by scoring a double-hat-trick in River Plate’s Copa Libertadores fixture against Alianza Lima.

Julian Alvarez is already a Manchester City player having signed his five-and-a-half-year contract during the winter transfer window but was loaned back for the remainder of the season.

With Gabriel Jesus expected to be on his way out, the Argentine is expected to share the attacking responsibilities for a city side that found the net 150 times this season in all competitions.

And Alvarez showed his potential of actively playing his part in those efforts by scoring what is a record amount of goals in a single game for River Plate.

City’s CEO Ferran Soriano recently refuted a report the 22-year-old will be sent out on loan given City’s raft of attacking options.

“We have had many offers from clubs to loan Julian Alvarez, but he is not going to leave. He will do the pre-season with us and I think he will stay. Barcelona were not among those who were interested.”

An attacking lineup featuring two of the youngest and brightest talents in football in Haaland and Julian Alvarez will surely help Man City’s quest for a yet unfulfilled Champions League dream.

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