TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: report
New York City FC striker Valentin Castellanos has caught the attention of 2020 Copa Libertadores champions Palmeiras, according to a report by respected Argentine journalist German Garcia Grova.
As the report outlines, Castellanos would provide NYCFC’s Brazilian Serie A powerhouse with a one-year loan with an option to buy. Any move would mean a return to South America for the Argentina U-23 international (six caps), who began his professional career at Universidad de Chile before joining Uruguayan team Torque.
🚨 Valentín “Taty” Castellanos muy cerca de #Palmeiras.
📍Hay Principio de acuerdo para que se sume al campeón de América a préstamo, por una temporada, con opción de compra.
– Germán García Grova (@GerGarciaGrova) February 2, 2021
Since joining MLS, Castellanos has 18 goals and 10 assists in 60 games, 42 of which are starting. Castellanos, who was originally on loan, helped NYCFC take three direct trips to the Audi MLS Cup playoffs. He led NYCFC with six goals scored a season ago.
Should Castellanos travel to Palmeiras, it would be NYCFC’s second loan in the past four months. Previously, they had loaned Alexandru Mitrita to the Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli Saudi FC until January 31, 2022, thus opening up a place as a designated player.
NYCFC is entering its second year with Ronny Deila as head coach. In addition to Castellanos, striker Heber and midfielder Maxi Moralez are other key pieces in the final third.