Manchester City’s new striker Julian Alvarez scores insane double hat-trick

Erling Haaland could face some competition for the starring role at Manchester City next season after Julian Alvarez bagged six goals in the Copa Libertadores during the early hours of Thursday morning.

Alvarez put pen to paper on a City move in January, but he won't join his new team-mates until the summer as he continues to develop at River Plate.

And the Argentine has gone from strength to strength at El Monumental – including his six-goal haul on Thursday morning. River put Alianza Lima to the sword during the final matchday of the group stage with an 8-1 triumph helping them to top the group.

After watching the display, one fan noted: "Alvarez is a monster, a f****** robot. Always chooses the correct option, runs to the correct spaces, finishes in the perfect way, etc.

"He’s perfection, does not put a foot wrong. Unreliably class, I have never seen a better player in South America. Only Santos Neymar tops this."

So potent was Alvarez in front of goal, he bagged a first-half hat-trick – and goals four and five both came within three minutes of each other.

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After the game, River boss Marcelo Gallardo said: “It is difficult for Julian to stay because there is a team that made a great investment, Manchester City takes a diamond in the rough.

"We are countries that export soccer players, many soccer players have left us in this time and we have tried to survive all those games. Replacing Julian is not going to be easy, we are not going to find a Julian to take his place”.

He added: “If they want to loan us the player until the end of the year, we have no problem and we will be very grateful… but Pep Guardiola won’t listen to my request. We would be very grateful if you can leave us Julian until the end of the year!"

Alvarez isn't the only striker arriving in Manchester this summer. Borussia Dortmund star Haaland has already been spotted in the north west.

Guardiola's side retained their Premier League title against Aston Villa without the use of a recognised striker throughout the season. However, come August, the Catalan will now have two at his disposal.

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