If all goes nicely, this weekend Valentin Castellanos will take to the pitch for the final time in a New York City FC shirt.
The Argentine striker has courted curiosity from South America and Europe all summer season after profitable the Golden Boot final season to assist propel NYCFC to MLS Cup glory.
That curiosity has solely intensified as Castellanos has continued his effective kind into the 2022 marketing campaign, scoring 17 targets in 22 video games in all competitions – together with 13 in MLS to once more prime the Golden Boot rankings.
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90min revealed earlier this 12 months that Leeds United had a powerful curiosity in Castellanos, however the Premier League facet have since moved on to PSG ahead Arnaud Kalimuendo.
But sources confirmed on Monday that Castellanos was on the verge of a transfer to newly promoted La Liga facet Girona, with City Football Group (CFG) set to purchase out the striker’s contract earlier than sending him on mortgage to the Spanish outfit.
Should the transfer go by way of, this weekend’s residence recreation with Inter Miami can be Castellano’s final time within the blue of NYCFC, however that does not appear to stand in the best way of his dedication to the trigger.
“Obviously, we’re aware of the interest in Taty,” interim head coach Nick Cushing mentioned. “He’s here, he played this morning, he’s in the squad for Miami. He’s as motivated as ever and an important player for us. Like I said, we’re aware of the history and some guys asking questions. But he’s training and he is in the squad for Saturday.
He added: “He’s actually hungry to assist the crew win in opposition to Miami. He’s actually hungry to attain and for me that is the pleasing factor. We have a full squad to pick from and we are able to put together the crew for a extremely, actually essential match.”
Sources verify Taty Castellanos will depart #NYCFC for Girona
Understand that CFG will purchase out his MLS contract and mortgage him to the La Liga membership for the 22/23 season. Spain may very well be good for Taty@FabrizioRomano on it earlier than me 👏@90min_us https://t.co/GsPGwn9QD5
— Chris Smith (@CJSmith91) July 18, 2022
Elaborating on the switch curiosity, Cushing admitted that that is probably to be Castellano’s final recreation for the membership and that it would come as no shock given the standard and type of the Argentina youth worldwide.
“We’re aware of the speculation, or we understand the speculation because of the player that Taty Castellanos is and the guy that he is,” Cushing mentioned. “I think it’s fair to say it could be his last game because everyone is talking about the interest.”