New York City FC has had a quiet offseason thus far. There have been contract extensions and a Homegrown signing, but no new players have joined the Pigeons. There have been some rumors, but no moves have been made.
The latest NYCFC rumor needs to go away
The latest rumor is coming out of Italy. Gianluca Di Marzio's website is reporting that NYCFC is interested in Uruguayan player Agustín Álvarez. He is a striker who currently plays for US Sassuolo Calcio in Serie A. He made 23 appearances during his first year with the Italian side before suffering an injury at the end of the season.
As a result, he has not made an appearance yet with the first team this season. He can finally play again though, which would make him available during the January transfer window.
According to the report, NYCFC is looking to get him on loan until June with an option to buy. In a way, this would allow the Bronx side to sign him on a trial period. If things do not go well, then they could easily decline the option. However, Álvarez has only scored once since joining Sassuolo. Moreover, he has played under 400 minutes.
NYCFC needs a striker who has been playing for their current team and scoring. They cannot afford to wait on someone who is returning from injury and has barely played over the last year and a half. This would be a silly signing, even for a trial basis.
Therefore, these rumors should go away. The Pigeons need immediate-impact players. Álvarez has potential, but there is no time for patience after the poor 2023 season. Maybe this would be a solid move in another season, but not this year.
Álvarez clearly needs to go out on loan somewhere, but New York City FC is not the answer.