Thursday August 28 2014
River: €5.5m for Balanta, now

River Plate President Rodolfo D’Onofrio names his club’s price for Eder Balanta, confirming interest from Sampdoria and other unnamed clubs.

The Colombian defender has been linked with a number of Serie A sides this summer, including Napoli, Lazio and most recently Roma.

However, the club’s President has made clear the situation regarding the 21-year-old, who they hold 80 per cent ownership on.

“Sampdoria have submitted a bid, they want him, but an agreement must be found with us and with the player,” D’Onofrio has told Radio La Red this week.

“Others want to loan him, so as to pay for him next year

“We have almost 80 per cent of his registration, we value that at €5.5m and the most important thing is that we want the money as quickly as possible.

“Other clubs instead want to pay a small amount now [for a loan] and then talk about it in a year. This is not possible.”

The likes of Galatasaray and Granada have also been paired with interest in the youngster.