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'Could be the next to happen': Journalist claims Aston Villa may soon sign international champion

Aston Villa have reportedly been looking to sign Julian Alvarez in recent weeks.

And journalist Ashley Preece thinks the River Plate and Argentina ace could be next through the Villans door.

Calciomercato claimed in June that Villa were looking to start talks with Alvarez’s camp.

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More recently, TNT Sport claimed that Dean Smith’s side were going to make a €10m (£8.5million) offer.

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Now, Preece says talks are continuing over a move to Villa Park and that Alvarez’s signing could be the next one to happen.

“Julian Alvarez, the River Plate winger, talks are continuing with him over a deal, that could be the next to happen,” he told the Claret & Blue podcast.

Later on, Preece said: “Colleagues over in Argentina are saying that talks are progressing.

“But no bid has been lodged yet, so we’ll have to wait and see with that one.

“There is an element of risk there of course, but Villa will get character references from Martinez and Buendia who have been around him in the Argentina setup.

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“The groundwork has been done, and Dean Smith wants good characters coming in and he’s built a squad of those players.

“So if he fits the bill I think Villa will get that one over the line, so we’ll see in the coming days.”

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Alvarez was part of the Argentina side that won the Copa America at the weekend.

The Albiceleste ran out 1-0 winners over Brazil in the final.

The 21-year-old also has a Copa Libertadores and an Argentinian Cup to his name.

Alvarez is predominantly a striker but is also capable of operating on either wing.

Last season, he averaged 1.7 dribbles per game, 3.1 key passes per game, and 2.8 shots per game.

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