By Alan Hutton

21st Jun, 2022 | 4:42pm

Man City told to U-turn on Julian Alvarez after journalist's transfer update - pundit

Alan Hutton has told Man City signing Julian Alvarez to “prove himself” to Pep Guardiola by going out on loan next season.

The ex-Premier League defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said it will be difficult for Alvarez, 22, to get game time if he remains at the Etihad.

Alvarez officially signed for Manchester City in January but agreed to remain with River Plate until the end of their season.

The forward will link up with Guardiola for pre-season later this summer after.

According to Fabrizio Romano (20 June), more than five European clubs have contact City with a view to signing Julian Alvarez on loan.

However, the Premier League champions are said to have no interest in letting Alvarez leave.

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When asked if he thought Alvarez could fit into the current City side, Hutton told Football Insider: “No.

“But it’s a difficult one because Man City are probably one of the biggest teams in Europe at the moment.

“They’ve signed [Erling] Haaland, you look at the attacking threat that they’ve got, I think it’s always going to be difficult.

“For a player that’s at the likes of Man City, you’re obviously talented otherwise you wouldn’t be there.

“But you have to go away and play football. It’s not a negative, it’s just about getting game time.

“Go away and show Pep ‘I’m good enough to play in this team and this is why’ and play at a high standard and get your game time up. That’s the way forward, that’s what I would do.

“I mean to sit there and not really be involved, it’s not helping you or the club, so I think if he was to go on loan and go show everybody what he’s capable of and what we all know he’s capable of, then there’s an opportunity to come back.”

In other news, Liverpool have been backed to challenge Man City for the title after their transfer plan was reported.