Back in August, it was reported that the Colorado Rapids were in “advanced talks” with C.F. Monterrey to keep leftback Edgar Castillo, one of the team’s most consistent and hardworking players. He joined the Rapids this season on a one-year loan with an option to buy at the end of the 2018 season and the club started negotiating the option this summer.
We all know that the Rapids need to sign offensive players that will score goals, and in a recent interview, Anthony Hudson said they have “identified probably within the league, a dozen players, top targets in terms of strikers. We’ve identified players overseas, our targets. It’s so frustrating for us and it’s tough for the fans, but it’s something that we are absolutely actively addressing. We just can’t do anything right now.”
So are the Rapids still trying to keep Edgar Castillo?
No one wants to see the leftback leave Colorado. But he also just turned 32 years old, so the club doesn’t want to overspend, and that’s likely where the problem lies.
A source told the Burgundy Wave that per Castillo’s contract, the Rapids and Monterrey need to figure out the buy option by December 15th, and Colorado isn’t moving fast enough to get a deal done. Meanwhile, other clubs are starting to show interest in Castillo, as his performance this season has surely increased his value.
The Rapids also know that he wants to stay, so some are wondering if they are waiting until the last minute in hopes of pressuring him into a deal.
The Rapids had no comment on current negotiations with Castillo.