The transfer saga surrounding New York City FC striker Taty Castellanos only continues to get more complicated. After previously receiving a $12.5 million bid from Brazilian club Palmeiras for the Argentine striker's services, it seems that River Plate has also thrown their hat into the ring, with reports suggesting the Argentinian club has made a $10 million bid for Castellanos as well.
But, it seems that deal is now dead as recent reports suggest that NYCFC has turned down River Plate's offer, at least according to ESPN's Jeff Carlisle. And Palmeiras' bid might not have gotten City's attention either.
If the discourse surrounding the transfer saga is to be believed, NYCFC currently value Castellanos at $15 million and seem committed to not letting their goalscoring starlet go for anything less than that.
Rumors surrounding Castellanos being moved out of the Bronx have been omnipresent since NYCFC won their first-ever MLS Cup back in December. Since then, several European clubs such as Feyenoord, Olympique Marseille, and West Ham United have reportedly enquired about Castellanos making the move abroad. But thus far, the Bronx Blues have remained steadfast in waiting for the $15 million asking price to be met and have continued integrating Taty into their 2022 plans.
At this point, it seems likely that Castellanos will remain in the City Blue Etihad shirt until at least the summer when the European season ends and teams there begin taking stock of their squad. This gives City time to utilize Castellanos in the early part of the 2022 MLS season, as well as the entirety of the CONCACAF Champions League.