He has been at the centre of this summer’s Argentine football transfer saga but it now looks as though Walter Montoya will be swapping Rosario for Genoa after a deal between the clubs and the player has been all but agreed.
The Serie A club will pay around €5.5 million for the 23-year-old midfielder, who has been caught in a tug of war between Buenos Aires giants River Plate and Boca Juniors over the past few weeks.
Central vice-president Ricardo Carloni confirmed the offer from Genoa but had hoped to drive the price up even further.
“Genoa’s offer is €5.5 million, we made a counter offer and they have already arranged the contract with Montoya,” Carloni confirmed with Radio Rivadavia.
“I spoke with Genoa’s president and with [Tomás] Rincón leaving, the arrival of Montoya would pose no problem to their quota of foreign players.
“We are going to respect that Montoya wants a change of scene.”
A bustling, all-action midfielder, Montoya breaks expertly from deep to join the attack and over the past year or so has established himself not only as a vital part of Central’s starting eleven but as one of the Primera’s most promising players.
It was little surprise that Marcelo Gallardo had made the Central academy product his main priority in this transfer window. River Plate’s initial bid was rejected by Central and it prompted Boca Juniors to rival their old enemy.
However, an agreement with neither was ever reached and it allowed Genoa to enter the race.
The news that this transfer looks set to be completed will be a blow to Gallardo, who has admitted that he has, “no alternatives. There is no plan B or C. I don’t see too many options and it is a complex market, where the best players are taken into account by their teams.
“If there is a happy ending (regarding Montoya’s transfer), I welcome it but if not not, we will continue to work with the squad.”
Official confirmation of Montoya’s next move should be made very soon.