Feyenoord, Olympique Marseille among teams interested in NYCFC’s Taty Castellanos
By Christian Smith
The rumors surrounding Valentin “Taty” Castellanos’ have begun to swirl so violently, it feels almost imminent that New York City FC will sell him before the end of the winter transfer window. Among the rumored teams to be interested in the star. Golden Boot-winning striker’s services have been Fiorentina, Cagliari, West Ham United, and Palmeiras. Recent reports suggest that out of all the clubs that have expressed interest, the only club to put in a bid to this point is Palmeiras, who have vigorously pursued Castellanos since this past spring. However, the Brazilian club’s bid might be a non-factor at the moment due to NYCFC allegedly not being willing to part ways with Castellanos for anything less than $15 million — Palmeiras’ bid was only for $12.5 million.
With a handful of European clubs interested in obtaining Taty — as well as Palmeiras’ refusal to give up — two new clubs have reportedly joined in on the Taty Castellanos Sweepstakes! According to SoccerNews.NL, Dutch club Feyenoord and French club Olympique Marseille are also interested in possibly making a move for the Argentinian.
According to SoccerNews’ report, Feyenoord has not yet approached NYCFC with an offer for Castellanos. However, should New York City hold firm in its demand for at least $15 million, Feyenoord has to pay what would be a club-record transfer fee for Castellanos.
Feyenoord was previously linked to Taty Castellanos over the summer, but nothing significant ever materialized. Olympique Marseille has had its name briefly mentioned in spurts since November, but nothing is really known about how fervently the club is willing to compete with other clubs in a bidding war. Regardless, TyC Sports has reported that the French club is still in the mix.
In a recent Instagram post, Taty Castellanos wished NYCFC fans a happy new year and said that he looks forward to the 2022 season with the club. While this could just be a matter of pragmatic professionalism on his part, it could mean that the Argentine striker is at least open to remaining with New York City for one more season, or at least until the summer.
As of now, NYCFC fans know that star playmaker Maxi Moralez will be returning to the club in 2022 on a non-DP deal. Castellanos returning to the Bronx would be an equally delicious treat for the Bronx Blues faithful.