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Alvarez Signs Pre-Contract Agreement With Arsenal

Arsenal have made their first signing of the summer with the bosman transfer of Ricardo Alvarez from the Argentinian club Vélez Sársfield, according to reports.

The 23 year old was born in Argentina, but has an Italian passport, and the left footed attacking midfielder has been likened to Barcelona’s star player and probably the best footballer in the world, Lionel Messi.

According to FoxSports, the player has signed a pre-contract agreement with Arsenal, allowing the player to join in June. A former Boca Juniors youth player, he has had a very good season at his current club Vélez Sársfield in the Argentina Primera Division.

He has only scored 4 goals in 36 appearances, but it his versatility that has attracted Arsenal’s eye. Apparently he can play in any position in the midfield, and although not an immediate starter would add depth to the Arsenal squad.

Wenger promised signings this summer, so Arsenal fans will still be expecting him to spend some money, as this is just a free transfer for an unknown kid (sound familiar?), and the attacking midfield isn’t exactly the area that needs improving on. Fabregas, Wilshere, Rosicsky, Song, Arshavin, Diaby, Nasri and Walcott make up the midfield on different days, but it is the defence which worries most Arsenal fans.

Arsenal also have the young Japanese talent Ryo Miyaichi to look forward to when he comes back to the Emirated from his loan spell.

However, it might be worth noting that there is a club called Arsenal de Sarandí who play, like Alvarez’s club, in Argentina. The information that Arsenal have signed the exciting youngster in the foreign press, may have been lost in translation, and Alvarez may in fact be signing a contract with the Argentinian Arsenal.

Tell me what you think!

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  1. p_special

    May 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

    pls we fans are intrested in good signing after six years without trophy

    • Hanif

      May 25, 2011 at 7:09 am

      The price does not matters really,I just think Arsenal needed defenders MORE than any team in the world.a Kind of samba,Toulalon,someone to hold the Midfield and someone to be good on air to play out all area balls is what arsenal really need at the moment,Not skillful players,we have so much of them.

  2. coob23

    May 24, 2011 at 10:22 am

    would be a very good free, has bags of class and only 23, reminds me a lot of kaka… dont listen tot he mug above, just because his contract has run down, doesnt mean hes not very good. we still need depth cos we will get rid of players so would be good. again just cos hes free, doesnt mean a rubbish signing. clearly know nothing about football mate

  3. stu

    May 24, 2011 at 10:38 am

    he will be rosicky replacement

  4. Jamesya

    May 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    classic wenger signing. Tall, athletic, technical attacking player and FREE! Fingers crossed he will turn out to be a gem. I think after a clear out of the dross (denilson, bendtner, rosicky etc) and some proven fighters brought in (parker would be brilliant), I think the youngsters could really shine.
    Second best fundermentals in world football, after Barca with a few tweeks Arsenal will be a class team.

    Nasri Walcott

    Wilshire Ramsey
    Clichy VERM Cahil Sagna


  5. Aniruddh

    May 24, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    wouldn’t he require a work permit?

    • Arsenal Fan

      May 24, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      He has an Italian passport as he’s considered EU player.

  6. Dom

    May 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Talk about a half arsed bit of writing.

    Firstly he has an Italian passport, so there are no visa problems.

    Secondly, it is Arsenal London who are interested in Alverez.

    Thirdly, I think he’ll be a good player for us. Bit of the Pires about him.

  7. Benkaro

    May 24, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Why Winger like free transfer so much? Pls spend d money and get us good and proven players

    • RobM

      May 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      I want to see us sign good players too but the price is no indication of how well they will do at the club.

      How much did Chelsea pay for a striker who couldn’t score to save his life this season?

      How much did we pay to sign Sol Campbell?

  8. dante

    May 24, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    no offense to the website but fox news got it all wrong it seems because i am confused. there is another team called arsenal in the same league he is in atm

  9. MistaKen

    May 24, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    The type of midfield player we need is Bastian Schweinsteiger. Alvarez may prove to be good but we know Schweinsteiger is world class and a born leader imo.

  10. Santiago

    June 30, 2011 at 4:18 am

    I’m a Velez fan from argentina. Arsenal de sarandi is definitely NOT going to buy Alvarez, he’s expensive for argentine standards and no club will pay de 12 M euros he’s worth. He was the most brilliant appearance in the last semester and I’m sure you will enjoy him. He’s young but extremely promising, and has no problem defending (though he’s a natural born attacker). His contract wasn’t renewed because he wanted to play in a european team, the club was more than willing to keep him.

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