AC Milan and Valencia are closing in on an agreement for Samuel Castillejo. The winger is set to leave after four season at San Siro.
As already reported, Samuel Castillejo is expected to leave AC Milan during the January transfer window. The Spanish right winger has been on the market since last summer. Castillejo was very close to joining Spartak Moscow but the negotiations fell through due to economic differences between the parties.
The next destination of Samu will be Valencia. The AC Milan number 7 has already rejected a move to Sampdoria because he prioritized a return to La Liga. Furthermore, Valencia is a club in the race for a spot in European competitions for next season.
According to Tuttosport, the transfer of Castillejo to Valencia is just a matter. The two clubs have scheduled a meeting for tomorrow to close the last details of the agreement. The 27-year-old will join Valencia on loan with an option, not obligation, to make the transfer permanent at the end of the season.
The Rossoneri management had tried throughout the winter window to sell Samu permanently but no bids arrived except loan proposal. The contract of the Spanish winger with AC Milan expires in 18 months thus the Rossoneri would be unable to recoup a significant fee for their player.
Castillejo arrived at AC Milan in the summer of 2018 as part of a deal with Villarreal that included Carlos Bacca. The former Villarreal cost around 21 million euros. Samue was supposed to be an alternative to fellow countryman Jesus Suso, who was then considered a key player by then coach Gennaro Gattuso. He is set to leave after 113 appearances and 10 goals.