Valentín Castellanos, the striker who wanted the Muñeco to reinforce River, is close to finalizing his arrival at a Spanish club that has just played in the second division.
Marcelo Gallardo wanted it and insisted on it. The footballer himself was excited about the possibility of returning to Argentina and being directed by the Doll. However, there was a very large gap between what the City Group -owner of their pass- wanted and what River could pay. The novel lasted for much of last summer, but it had an unhappy ending for the Millionaire.
Valentín Castellanos had several offers, in addition to River’s proposal. However, he continued to play in the MLS, where he is one of the great figures. In total, he has played 132 games, scored 58 goals and provided 23 assists. And although his present is unbeatable – he just scored in the classic against New York Red Bulls-, the City Group considered that it is time to make the leap to European football.
His fate is, at least, unforeseen. His new club will be Girona from Spain, a team that comes from the military in the second division and that got promotion to the First Division a few weeks ago after beating Tenerife in the playoffs. The Catalan club, which belongs to City, was thus left with one of Marcelo Gallardo’s dreams to reinforce his squad for the 2022 Copa Libertadores. Next weekend Taty Castellanos will play his last game in MLS and will begin his first experience in the old continent.