I was able to get in touch with Fredy Montero‘s agent, Helmuth Wennin, over email recently for an update on the Sounders FC forward reportedly being set to go on loan to Colombian club Millonarios.
Wennin confirmed there was interest from both teams in such a move and, “that things should be worked out in the next few days.”
In case you missed it Thursday, FutbolRed.com reported MLS has approved a six-loan month that could be extended to a full year and also has a $4.5 million option to buy. Soccer By Ives reported the Sounders have agreed to as much, as well.
Recently, however, indications have pointed to a longer loan deal for all of 2013.
This Terra.com report quotes a Millonarios representative Eduardo Silva as telling Colombia’s Caracol Radio that the team is hopeful of acquiring Montero on loan for all of this year (still with an option to buy), with some clauses that the forward could possibly return midyear. While everything is verbally agreed upon, Silva said, the paperwork still needs to be completed.
Another indication the loan could be a year long is Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer telling Sounder at Heart that the team would only get rid of a designated player if it could replace him on the roster with another DP.
Either way, Montero’s exit seems a formality at this point.
“I would like to (add) that hopefully Montero will return to Seattle in the future,” Wennin added in the email. “This is the kind of organization that any player would be honored to be part of. We have no words to thank Mr. Adrian Hanauer for everything he has done for Fredy.”
The Sounders have so far declined to comment on the issue.
Lastly, Wennin spoke to Colombian radio this week and Goal.com offered transcription of a few of those comments to RCN Antena 2:
“It has been hard for Seattle seeing its star leaving, but we think that Fredy’s time in Seattle is done. We are grateful for the opportunity, the great treatment Fredy had from the Sounders and MLS, but we think it is time for Fredy to take his chances.”
“Fredy is excited about the chance to play in Copa Libertadores. It is hard from him to move on from the great years he has had in MLS, but it is in his best interest to try another experience right now.”
Millonarios reportedly starts preseason on Jan. 10.