Sampaoli’s Sevilla join race for Walter Montoya

LIBERTADORES CENTRAL-A.NACIONAL

A fresh chapter in the Walter Montoya transfer saga has been added with the news that Sevilla have now entered the race for the Rosario Central midfielder and could now be favourites to land the 24-year-old.

After being at the centre of a battle between River Plate and Boca Juniors and later looking set for a switch to Serie A club Genoa, Montoya is now strongly linked with a deal to take him to the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán under the guidance of Argentinian coach Jorge Sampaoli.

Speaking with TyC Sport, Montoya’s agent Daniel Liuzzi confirmed that “Sevilla have made an important offer and will also allow Montoya to remain with Rosario Central for another six months.”

No transfer fee was mentioned and Liuzzi admitted that this was being discussed but previous offers from River Plate, Boca Juniors and Genoa were all in the region of $5-$6 million.

The only issue for Sevilla, and why perhaps it is possible that Montoya could see out the season with Central, is the current lack of an overseas player spot in the squad. One possible solution would be the Andalusian club loaning out Brazilian midfielder Ganso to free up space or that Montoya is signed but sent on loan elsewhere.

Whatever the path, Liuzzi suggests that Sevilla are firmly in pole position and he will be meeting with the directors at Central shortly to try and close a deal.

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