According to journalist Sebastián Srur (via Marca), Everton and Manchester City are eyeing a move for River Plate forward Nicolás De La Cruz.
The 23-year-old’s contract with the Argentine giants expires next June, and he is asking them to do one thing before he agrees to an extension.
What could that be? Well, River Plate still owe De La Cruz’s old side Liverpool (the Uruguay-based one) some money.
The 4-cap Uruguay international wants River Plate to pay their debts to Liverpool before he puts pen to paper on a new contract.
River Plate need to pay €1 million (£885,140) and are already a year behind on that payment.
As a result, Liverpool still own 70% of the attacking midfielder’s rights.
So, if you support Everton or Manchester City, you may be wondering what type of player De La Cruz is.
Well, his manager Marcelo Gallardo said that he’s a player who has matured a lot, while also praising him in other aspects.
As quoted by InfoBae, Gallardo said: “Nico De La Cruz is going through an incredible moment. He is a player who has matured a lot. It was difficult for him to assimilate that demand from the club but today he is consolidated. Let’s hope he continues like this.”
If River Plate continue to ignore their payment to Liverpool, then it very much seems as if De La Cruz could be leaving for free.
In that respect, we presume Everton and Manchester City will be keeping a very close eye on how this saga plays out.
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