In a new development, Feyenoord has made it clear that they will entertain offers exceeding £87 million for their star player Santiago Gimenez.
The Mexican international’s blistering form this season has caught the attention of several clubs which include Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur.
The 22-year-old has bagged 15 goals and 3 assists in 11 appearances across all competitions.
Santiago Gimenez has racked up 13 goals and 3 assists in the Eredivisie this term while he scored twice in Feyenoord’s 3-1 win over Lazio in the Champions League on Wednesday, having missed his side’s opening two games in this season’s competition through suspension.
In total, Santiago Gimenez has bagged 38 goals and six assists in 56 appearances for Feyenoord. Gimenez comes across as a well-positioned striker who has a knack for scoring goals, his eye for goal coupled with his excellent runs makes him a terrifying striker who can create problems for the opposition.
According to 90min, Feyenoord have no plans of letting him leave during January however if a concrete offer comes in during the summer then they will look at it.
The report says that Arsenal and Chelsea are closely monitoring the player but a preferred destination would be Real Madrid as claimed by ex-Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez.
“Since he arrived he has scored goals and earned his place in the starting line-up. Yesterday he scored two goals, and he had another goal disallowed, I think he’s having a great spell,” Marquez told reporters.
“I think the mentality that Santi has, the work he is doing, and the support he has from his father, who has a great experience in football, makes him a more complete player, and hopefully he will have the opportunity (to move to Real Madrid).”
For Real Madrid to land the striker they will have to shell out a record fee for the player, which means that the club would have to pay more than the £87m that Manchester United spent on Antony from Ajax.
FIFA intermediary Morris Pagniello has claimed that Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur are currently the two teams in pole position to sign the forward in 2024.
“Now, the teams closest to him are Real Madrid and Tottenham,” Pagniello
Pagniello’s comment confirms Real Madrid’s pursuit of Santiago Gimenez.
Santiago Gimenez represented Cruz Azul before making the move to Feyenoord, scoring 21 goals and registering 11 assists in 105 appearances for the Mexican side.
It will be interesting to see how this transfer saga fairs as a move to Real Madrid could materialize.