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January 30, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Sporting Lisbon has exercised its option to buy Sounders FC’s Fredy Montero

Update 12:54 p.m. — The Sounders have confirmed the news this afternoon, noting a transfer fee will be received, though not specifying how much.

“Fredy has been and will always be a special member of our family,” said Adrian Hanauer, part owner and general manager, in a news release. “Fredy had a wonderful career in Seattle and is continuing that success overseas. Hopefully his quality of play gives him an opportunity to be added to the Colombia World Cup roster. We wish him well with this next chapter of his career.”

Montero is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer with 47 goals (60 in all competitions) — a mark that won’t go anywhere any time soon. He has 19 goals in 20 games with Sporting Lisbon, including a league-best 13 goals in the regular season.

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Sounders FC forward Fredy Montero was loaned out to Sporting Lisbon back in July in a deal that included a option to buy. Well, the Portuguese club announced Thursday it has indeed has indeed done so, meaning Montero’s tenure as a Sounder is officially over.

Seattle is yet to confirm the news, but it sounds pretty official.

Montero was not expected to return the Sounders, and the team isn’t expected to receive any allocation money in the sale.

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