The on again off again whispers of the potential transfer of Nicolas Lodeiro to Seattle from Boca Juniors has finally reached a resolution with the Uruguayan attacking midfielder widely believed to have signed a Designated Player contract with the Pacific Northwest club. The transfer fee is reported to be around six million dollars. The Uruguayan arrived at the Seattle-Tacoma airport this morning, and was seen at the Sounders training facilities in Tukwila, Washington.
Lodeiro joins a Seattle Sounders team that has struggled to produce goals so far this season, after losing their top scorer, Obafemi Martins to China prior to the start of the 2016 season. The 27 year old attacking midfielder is a Uruguayan international who has made 42 appearances and scored 3 goals for his national side. He was a member of the 2011 side that won Copa America.
In addition to his most recent stint with Boca Juniors, Lodeiro has enjoyed stretches at Ajax, Botafogo, Corinthians, and Nacional.
The transfer was widely reported not to take place until Boca Juniors had been eliminated from Copa Libertadores, and a 5-3 aggregate loss to Ecuadorian side Independiente Del Valle in the semifinal ended the Argentine club's tournament earlier this month.
Earlier this summer Sounders GM, Garth Lagerwey revealed that the club was looking at bringing in two new players in the upcoming window one of which would be a Designated Player (presumably Lodeiro) and another at the "TAM level."
The Sounders have been struggling for goals this year. Their total so far of 20 goals is amongst the lowest in Major League Soccer, and the perennial post season participants are sitting just a couple of points above last place in the West.
Per league policy, terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
The Seattle Sounders are expected to officially announce the acquisition of Lodeiro in the next day or two.