June 27, 2013 at 8:46 AM
Report: Fredy Montero set to join Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon on five-year deal
Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero, who has been on loan with Colombia’s Millonarios the past six months, is reportedly set to join Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon on a five-year deal (kudos to Jeremiah Oshan of Sounder at Heart and MLSsoccer.com for the link). An agreement has been reached, according to the report, and a signing is expected soon.
Seattle would be due compensation in the form of allocation money if the transfer fee is enough to recoup what the Sounders paid for Montero. If you remember from the Millonarios move, the figure of $4.5 million was believed to be enough to provide a full allotment of allocation money, but it’s very possible the actual transfer fee (which hasn’t been reported yet) is less than that.
Reports for a while had indicated Portuguese interest in Montero, but only recently was Sporting Lisbon — one of Portugal’s better clubs historically — identified as the team in pursuit.
The Sounders had signed Montero, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, to a multi-year contract extension in the offseason. The loan deal with Millonarios was for 2013, but allowed for another move to be made after six months.
Montero, who turns 26 next month, had long expressed a desire to play in Europe while he was in Seattle and this appears to be his chance.
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