Matías Kranevitter’s future lies away from the Monumental, that much was apparent from almost his first appearance in the River Plate first team. With rumours of an $8 million offer from Atlético Madrid that switch appears to be coming sooner rather than later but reports of the deal being complete are a little premature and other interested parties might now want to steal a march.
Marcelo Gallardo and River Plate will not want to lose their influential number five in the coming weeks, particularly with a Copa Libertadores semi-final approaching and so the supposed deal with Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid made sense. The rumour mill suggested that Los Colchoneros would pay River $8 million but the deal would not go through until the end of the calendar year. This would represent a superb piece of business for the Spanish club, securing one of Argentina’s best young talents but allowing River to benefit from his services over the second half of 2015 and hopefully lift the Copa Libertadores and the league title.
This, however, has not been confirmed and although Madrid’s interest is real, any deal is yet to signed by either the player or the clubs. Kranevitter told TyC: “I know that they are talks but there is still nothing concrete. I have had no communication with the club or my representative. It will be defined in the next few hours. I have to be relaxed and put all my energies here.”
When quizzed on where he might end up, Kranevitter confirmed that. “IspokewithGioSimeone (sonof Diego Simone),and Iknowoftheinterest that Atlético Madrid has”.
Diego Simeone’s interest is no secret after the Atleti manager said that he is watching several of River Plate’s youngsters and singled-out Kranevitter as a midfielder of enormous potential. The likely money at this point and the connection between Simeone and the club suggests that this will be the destination of Kranevitter but the delay in any deal might just see a rival emerge.
The two clubs that have been reported in this instance are Inter Milan and Manchester City. At $8 million it represents pretty good value for a player with the potential to be one of world football’s top defensive midfielders.