There's been a lot of talk lately about Walter Gargano not only changing clubs after a disappointing season with Napoli, not only changing countries as he looked abroad from Italy, but actually changing what continent he played on. Now it's almost time for that to come true, with reports indicating that talks on personal terms for a move to Liga MX side Monterrey are all but done and the deal's completion is imminent.
According to the reports circulating right now, Gargano's move will be for €1.5 million, not a huge sum by any means, but probably about what Napoli could have possibly expected to get for him. The midfielder has just one year left on his Napoli contract, significantly lowering the leverage the club could exert in any transfer negotiations, which are further hampered by the player likely wanting out given that he doesn't fit the plans of new manager Maurizio Sarri.
At Monterrey, Gargano will be at a club and in a league where he can still make an impact. Gargano turns 31 the day before the Apertura season starts up in Mexico's Liga MX, and Monterrey will be looking to undo some recent disappointment, finishing sixth in last year's Apertura and failing to make it out of the Liguilla playoff semi-final, then falling to a brutally disappointing 12th in the Clausura season earlier this year. Part of those struggles were because of some midfield holes, which the Uruguayan will be hoping to fill with some veteran guile.
Good luck, Walter. It's a shame you couldn't find more success in Naples, but you deserve a shot at glory over in Mexico.