Nov. 06, 2016
Ronald Matarrita Draws Looks From Germany
According to Alajuelense head coach Raúl Pinto, New York City FC will have to fend off interest from several German clubs this winter as they look to acquire their dynamic Costa Rican left back Ronald Matarrita.
NYCFC acquired Matarrita from Alajuelense for approximately $525,000 last winter as they looked to bolster their defense and give new coach Patrick Vieira some new tools to work with. Matarrita himself never was shy about his desire to play in Europe, citing NYCFC as a great step up from the Costa Rican league and a pipeline to Europe with their connection to CFG.
Both Borrussia Dortmund and Hamburg are interested in acquiring Matarrita who will likely have a much higher price tag given his eye catching performances with NYCFC and the Costa Rican national team. Club sources place his value somewhere between $2 and $3 million.
Pinto told reporters over the weekend that he expects Matarrita to be moved this upcoming January transfer window, he added that he expects him to be sold for close to $3 million. The Bundesliga transfer window opens on January 1st and closes on February 2 of 2017.
According to Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion, NYCFC only own half of Matarrita's contract with his former club Alajulenese owning the other half. Co-ownership is different from third party ownership in that two teams split the contract with one having rights to the player and paying his wages. Co-ownership has been phased out of European soccer while still being prominent in a few Latin American countries.
Club Brugge KV is said to have offered $1.5 million for Matarrita which the club turned down as they believed it to be below his fair market price. Brugge was linked to Matarrita last January however, Alajulenese opted to sell him to NYCFC instead.
If NYCFC were to sell Matarrita this winter, they will have to find a replacement left back with their only other option currently being right-back RJ Allen. Andoni Iraola and Mehdi Ballouchy have announced their retirements. Frank Lampard's contract has ended and NYCFC has declined contract options on Connor Brandt, Jason Hernandez, Diego Martinez and Tony Taylor. If Matarrita is the next one to leave New York City FC, Patrick Vieira will have a whole new lineup to work with. We're in for a long off-season.