Taty Castellanos could find himself playing in the English Premier League before too long.
According to a report published yesterday in the Independent, Brighton & Hove Albion FC contacted New York City FC and Girona FC about acquiring the striker in the January transfer window. Castellanos is signed to NYCFC but is currently on loan to Girona, where he has five goals in 18 appearances.
Brighton are one of the surprises of the EPL this season, an underestimated team whose attractive, attacking style of play has lifted them into seventh place. They now sit ahead of heavyweights such as Liverpool and Chelsea on the table — as a matter of fact, Brighton dismantled Liverpool this past Saturday, winning 3-0 at home.
Despite Brighton’s strong run of form, star striker Leandro Trossard wants to leave the club after a number of high-profile disagreements with manager Roberto De Zerbi. According to the article by Miguel Delaney, chief football writer for the Independent, Trossard felt “humiliated” and didn't even make the bench in the win over Liverpool “because of his attitude.” Trossard leads Brighton with seven goals in 16 appearances.
Trossard’s case of the grumps opens the door for Castellanos, who is said to be highly rated by De Zerbi. Still, there are hurdles to overcome. Girona is said to be reluctant to let Castellanos go as he is an integral part of the team’s attack. Girona was promoted to la Liga this season, and currently sit comfortably in 11th place with 21 points after 17 games. The team doesn't want to slip down the table and find itself in a relegation battle.
But both Castellanos and NYCFC might press for a transfer. For Castellanos, it could mean an opportunity to play in the most competitive league in the world, and join a team that has impressed British fans and pundits. Castellanos has said that he wants to be considered for the Argentine national team, and scoring goals for an English club that has defeated Manchester United and Chelsea in addition to Liverpool will certainly raise his profile.
For NYCFC, it could mean cashing in on the best player the club has developed in their short history, and potentially earning a transfer fee that might exceed the $15 million they were reportedly seeking last summer. That money should come in handy as NYCFC are in the middle of undertaking a comprehensive rebuild of the squad that won the MLS Cup in 2021, and the Campeones Cup in 2022, but have yet to make any major signings before the start of the 2023 season.
As for NYCFC fans, it could mean ordering yet another jersey from yet another team.