Manchester City have confirmed the signing of attacker Julian Alvarez from River Plate.
The Argentina international, 22, has joined for €17 million (£14 million). Alvarez will remain on loan at River Plate until at least the summer.
While many of the continent’s top sides have been tracking Alvarez’s progress both at River and internationally, an achievable fee meant he was always expected to have his pick of suitors.
Aston Villa and Bayer Leverkusen showed interest last summer but the forward opted to instead bide his time and wait for an opportunity to join a club playing in the Champions League.
Having been a regular in the Argentine Primera, Copa Libertadores and a full Argentina international, Alvarez easily qualifies for a GBE, the replacement for the old work permit system that often made it difficult for Premier League clubs to sign South American youngsters.