Pep Guardiola tabs MLS star Taty Castellanos for European transfer after MLS Cup win

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has signed Major League Soccer star Valentin “Taty” Castellanos to move to Europe after the forward won the 2021 MLS Cup title with New York City FC.

Guardiola said he watched the final NYCFC MLS Cup game against the Portland Timbers and was impressed by the player, who burst onto the scene in America’s top flight last season with 19 goals and eight assists in 32 games. It was a performance that earned him the league’s Golden Boot award.

In the final on December 11, Castellanos scored the first goal for NYCFC just before halftime and also converted it into a victory on penalties.

“I think he is a guy who will take the next step in Europe,” Guardiola told reporters. “What I saw when the scouting department spoke to me, I know that he is a quality player and is ready to take the next step towards Europe and we will see where.”

On the MLS Cup final, Guardiola added: “We saw it in the restaurant and we couldn’t believe it. I was very impressed with the way they handled overtime. When you concede a goal with 10 seconds left in the game and being champions and with extra time, you can be destroyed.

“But in overtime, wow, they were much, much better. That shows how strong these players and the coach are. It’s a great compliment to the organization, to New York City, because it’s the first time and always the first. time is special. “

Manchester City and NYCFC are owned by the global soccer conglomerate City Football Group and Guardiola’s words about Castellanos can only help in the player’s search for a contract in Europe.

The 23-year-old Argentine scored the second double-digit goal count of his young career this campaign, scoring 19 times after previously scoring 11 times in 2019.

He has been with NYCFC since he was a teenager, although he made his professional debut in Uruguay for Torque, now called Montevideo City Torque and also part of the City Football Group.

Castellanos signed a new five-year contract on May 13 and any move abroad will be accompanied by a transfer fee to the MLS club. He was related to two-time defending Copa Libertadores champion and Brazilian powerhouse Palmeiras, who reportedly made a $ 4 million offer. After his 2021 season, the price for his services will be much higher.