Gonzalo Montiel’s much-discussed switch to West Ham United may not happen this summer, with the River Plate defender’s agent admitting that he is ‘not sure’ now whether his client will be on the move while speaking to Futbol910.
In almost any other year, this highly-rated Argentina international right-back would probably be packing his bags already.
But, with the global health crisis leaving an indelible imprint on the transfer market, clubs all across the globe are expected to keep their chequebooks in their pocket. And that goes for Premier League clubs too.
So West Ham may be tempted to shelve a deal for Montiel and instead put their faith in Ryan Fredericks and Jeremy Ngakia for another year.
Marcelo Carracedo told Clarin earlier this month that West Ham were still interested in the 2018 Copa Libertadores winner, having failed with a loan-to-buy bid during the January transfer window.
Now, however, he fears that the current climate might force Montiel to stick around at River Plate for a while longer.
“In a normal situation, Montiel was 90% gone, but now I don’t know,” Carracedo says, in quotes translated by El Intransigente.
“(West Ham) wanted to agree loan with a £10m option (in January) because they were having trouble with Financial Fair Play. River said no because they were fighting for tites and they were not going to let him go.”
Carracedo did have some words of encouragement for West Ham, however, suggesting that River Plate may now be forced to accept a vastly reduced fee for Montiel.
“At some point if there was something around £15 million, they would let him go. Today that number is impossible. Any offer that comes is going to be much less than that,” he said.
“Today £8 million is a good offer.”
With that in mind, a long-awaited move to the London Stadium might still be on the cards after all. £8 million is a damn sight less than that prohibitive £18 million release clause after all.