Manchester City on verge of agreeing new deal with star which includes ‘significant pay rise’

The Cityzens are ready to reward his recent performances

Manchester City are closing in on a new deal for World Cup winning attacker Julian Alvarez as they look to fight off interest from Barcelona for the forward.

Alvarez joined the Cityzens in January 2022, but remained on loan in Argentina before making the switch to the Etihad in the summer.

And he hit the ground running, despite the competition from Erling Haaland, with the Argentine having already found the back of the net 5 times in the Premier League this season and scoring four times on the way to helping the Albiceleste lift the World Cup in Qatar.

Now, as per transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, he is set to receive a new contract in the coming weeks, in order to reflect his newfound importance to the squad.

Though he is currently under contract until 2027, it is expected that he will be offered a new one which will feature an added year, keeping him at the northwest club until 2028.

The deal would also include a ‘significant pay rise’, with Alvarez currently among the lowest paid players in the Manchester City squad, while Romano claims that ‘all parties [are] confident to reach an agreement’ over the new contract.

This decision would likely end any speculation with a move to cash-strapped Barcelona, with the Argentine having been reportedly keen on a switch to the Blaugrana and Xavi interested in making him their latest forward option.

As it stands, Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Aymeric Laporte have all been linked with a Camp Nou switch in the summer, while Joao Cancelo is also reportedly a target, though whether the Spanish side will be able to match the City asking price for any of these stars remains to be seen.

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