Club América interested in signing Espanyol defender César Montes
The Mexican side are prepared to offer up to $12 million for the Espanyol centre-back.
Club América are interested taking on 26-year-old Mexican defender, César Montes, from Espanyol. According to reports, the Mexican side would be willing to pay between $10-$12 million for the former Rayados de Monterrey player, who was recently relegated to the Segunda División with his team.
Despite Espanyol’s relegation in the league, César Montes, known as ‘Cachorro’, had an outstanding season and played a fundamental role in the XI. Currently, he has a contract with the club until June 30 2028 and his value is likely to sit somewhere around $8 million.
Montes ‘is on the list’ says Aguirre
Montes is also on the radar of Javier Aguirre and Mallorca, who had an excellent season in LaLiga. Aguirre is already familiar with the defender from his time in Monterrey, however, the coach, who recently came out to deny links to take over at América, made it clear that the Mexican is not his only option to reinforce the defence. “I told the board that I was interested in César. In fact, we contacted his agent... he is on the list and is a priority of course”, he said.
“César had a great season”, he continued, “it was difficult for him at first like everyone else and then he finished off the year very well, beyond the fact that he is a great professional and a great lad, he even scores goals, so he would be a very successful signing. We are looking for a right-footed central defender which is what we want and he is on the list... we have a list of five or six names and he is there of course,” Aguirre told ESPN.
Meanwhile, Club América are still on the hunt for a manager after the departure of Fernando Ortiz. The Mexican side had a list of plenty of candidates that have all turned the role down or opted to seek challenges elsewhere, meaning that the hunt continues for the team from the capital. The clock is counting down as The Eagles open their Apertura campaign on June 30 against Juárez.