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Real Madrid eyeing the future Cavani

Twenty-year-old Agustín Álvarez Martínez, who scored on his debut for Uruguay last Sunday against Bolivia, has caught the keen interest of Real Madrid.

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Real Madrid eyeing the future Cavani
MATILDE CAMPODONICO AFP

Real Madrid continue to scour the international market in search of young talent. And one player that has attracted the keen interest of the club scouts is Agustín Álvarez Martínez, who has the potential to be the next Edinson Cavani.

The 20-year-old center forward (who often goes by his nickname ‘Canario') scored on his debut for Uruguay against Bolivia last Sunday, netting Oscar Tabárez’s side’s third goal in the 4-2 victory at Estadio Campeón del Siglo, where he regularly plays home matches for his club, Peñarol de Montevideo. Debuting with a goal for La Celeste does not go unnoticed by anyone, and particularly the eyes representing Real Madrid.

Madrid’s Fede Valverde, who also scored against Bolivia on the night, was those who were delighted for Álvarez. Valverde is friendly with him as he shared the same agency, Equipo TMA, during his time at Peñarol before his move to Madrid.

Canario profile

Canario has spent his entire footballing life at Peñarol, working his way up through the youth ranks, where he accumulated 113 goals in 170 games. He begins his second season with the senior side this season and has scored 27 goals in 56 games across all competitions since making his debut in February 2020.

Measuring 5’9” and with a stout frame, the young forward is a pure battering ram. His current market value on transfermarkt.com is an extremely affordable €3m ($3.3m), although last year he signed a contract extension with Peñarol until 2024, which included a $20m termination clause.

Real Madrid among possible destinations for Canario

Peñarol are expecting a European club to snap him up sooner or later. If Madrid decided to sign him, he would be destined for Raúl's Castilla team, which already has Juanmi Latasa and Andri Gudjohnsen in his position, but lacks a born goalscorer.

Interestingly, the president of Peñarol, Ignacio Ruglio, was on a trip to Madrid back in March and took the opportunity to see ongoing renovation works at the Santiago Bernabéu, where club director Emilio Butragueño took him on a tour.

Ruglio was impressed with the transformation at the Bernabéu and had time to say hello to Florentino Pérez. Who knows?... Perhaps ‘Canario’ Álvarez was a topic of their conversation.