July 1, 2013 at 9:35 AM
Fredy Montero transfer fee $3.25 million? (Monday links)
More information has been made available on Fredy Montero‘s impending transfer to Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon.
The on-loan Sounders FC forward — who scored two goals off the bench for Millonarios in the Colombian league playoffs over the weekend — is expected to draw a transfer fee of $3.25 million according to Portuguese media outlet O Jogo.
When Montero was loaned to Millonarios in January, it was reported that the purchase option on the contract was for $4.5 million, a number believed to coincide with Seattle drawing a full allotment of allocation money in the transfer.
Sounder at Heart has a good rundown of what might be expected in return, notably that a $3.25 transfer fee should still allow for a fair amount of allocation money.
Let’s get to some links:
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— As expected, there was no announcement Sunday on the future of Mario Martinez, whose loan deal has expired with the Sounders. We’ll see if there is any clarity on the situation after Monday’s practice, but in Honduras, national team coach Luis Fernando Suarez said he called Martinez into the Gold Cup because he was told Martinez would not be staying with the Sounders. Honduran media is starting to pick up the “Martinez will be changing teams” narrative, though a club executive appeared to indicate the window for a return might not be officially closed just yet.
— Eriq Zavaleta, on loan with San Antonio, had a big game the other day with a goal, assist and drawing a red card on former Sounders trialist Shavar Thomas.
— Obafemi Martins could be getting back in the Nigerian national team picture after the country’s disappointing performance in the Confederations Cup.
— Around MLS, here is an updated look at attendance, Carlos Bocanegra could be signing with the league soon (remember, the Sounders are No. 3 in the allocation order after the Shalrie Joseph trade), and you have to listen to this referee rant from D.C. United coach Ben Olsen.
— Brazil looked pretty dominant in the Confederations Cup final, beating Spain, 3-0.
— There has already been a coach fired in the NWSL.
— I wasn’t able to attend Saturday’s practice, but here is video of coach Sigi Schmid‘s interview afterward:
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