River Plate hoping to land Alvarez
River Plate president Daniel Passarella has revealed he is in Milan for talks over the possible signing of Inter Milan playmaker Ricky Alvarez.
Alvarez, 24, looks set to be sacrificed by the Nerazzurri as they continue to cut costs further, despite the previous departures of high-profile players such as Maicon, Julio Cesar and Lucio.
The Argentina international has endured a frustrating time at the club this season, struggling to earn the trust of manager Andrea Stramaccioni, who has only selected the player nine times this term.
River Plate are hoping to capitalise on the situation and are determined to bring Alvarez back to his homeland, despite his past with rivals Boca Juniors.
“I am here for Alvarez!” Passarella said in Milan on Tuesday. “Inter want to sell two players: one is Wesley Sneijder, the other could be Alvarez. I will meet one of their directors on Tuesday and then we’ll see what happens.”
Alvarez’s bad season hit a new low when he was booed by Inter fans during the club’s last game before the winter break - the 1-1 draw with Genoa.
That negative reaction from the supporters prompted the player’s agent, Filippo Colasanto, to speak out.
“I certainly did not expect these difficulties because he arrived in Italy at the right time,” he told Il Sussidiario. “He wasn’t too young or too old and he certainly has quality, perhaps the club does not have faith in him!"