Castellanos, the forward the River seeks. Brad Penner/USA Today Sports.
After being eliminated in the League Cup quarterfinals against the Tigers and qualifying for the Libertadores ’next chance, River began to think about next season and is already moving toward the transfer market that will open in the middle of the year.
The priority will be to bring in a striker to replace Julián Álvarez, who will leave the club to form him once he plays in the round of 16 series of continental competition. And the aforementioned name is one that was already mentioned at the beginning of the year: Valentin “Taty” Castellanos.
theThis is not the first time Marcelo Gallardo has asked for the same player in different transfer markets. This has happened on several occasions since he arrived in 2014, the most emblematic being that of Lucas Pratto. Beyond its high cost, he insisted on it and got tremendous results.
Castellanos won a title in the US: the 2021 MLS Cup.
Now the same situation is repeated with Castellanos who have a contract in New York City. The 23-year-old Argentine striker, who Debuted at the University of Chile in 2017 and has never played in Argentina, will soon arrive in January, but “due to a problem between the clubs”, as he himself said, it did not happen. The Millionaire is back in the fight for him to strengthen the team for the Libertadores ’head-to-head series.
What happened was the City Football Groupa management company, among others, the New York club, has remained steadfast in its position to sell the 100% pass to 16 million dollars and did not accept River’s offer to approach that number, but paid it off in a segmented manner over four years, with partial purchase obligations to gradually acquire chip percentages.
The terms of the negotiations did not seem to have changed, but Gallardo’s desire, added to the desire of the footballer himself for this move may be key for Brito, Patanian and company to make the effort and thus fulfill the coach’s request.
Castellanos scored 52 goals in 124 PJs with New York City FC. AP/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez.
“I think it will be good for my personal growth. This is a huge window for the National Team. It’s also clear in Europe, but being a good like River, more than Gallardo, it’s going to be a good thing, ”he commented, at the time, in dialogue with Super Miter Deportivo.
And he has adopted it these days. In the dialogue with The First GameOlé’s podcast, redefines this possibility and he manages to make his position clear: “Once River approached me, he was interested in me, couldn’t refuse him. It was River and it was Gallardo, more than anything.I didn’t talk to Gallardo at the beginning of the year, to someone just close to him. It would be great if he could direct me, but clearly a lot of things have to be given and the clubs have to agree. “