Fredy Montero's agent confirms loan to Colombian club near
The Sounders wouldn't move a designated player like Montero without being able to sign another, according to general manager Adrian Hanauer.
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A loan deal sending Sounders FC's Fredy Montero to Colombian club Millonarios "should be worked out in the next few days," according to an email from Montero's agent, Helmuth Wennin.
Reports first surfaced Thursday from Colombia that Montero, Seattle's all-time leading scorer, was set to join Millonarios on a loan that includes a $4.5 million option to buy. The move has reportedly been agreed upon by MLS and the Sounders, with just some final paperwork remaining.
Recent indications are that the loan is likely for a full year with an option after six months for Seattle to either recall Montero or transfer him abroad, as opposed to previous reports that it would begin as a six-month loan.
Terra.com, a Colombian website, quoted Millonarios representative Eduardo Silva as telling a radio station that the team is hopeful of acquiring Montero for all of 2013.
The Sounders have declined to comment, but general manager Adrian Hanauer said in an email Saturday that the team would only move a designated player if it could sign another — something that might only be possible with a yearlong loan.
But that might not be as easy as it sounds for Seattle, which has a full complement of three DPs (Montero, Mauro Rosales and Christian Tiffert).
Hanauer said the team is "considerably above the 2013 salary cap" right now, meaning a DP signing at the middle of the season — instead of before — might be more feasible from a financial standpoint. The salary cap hit of a midseason DP signing is only half that of a preseason DP signing.
And significant changes could be looming beyond a prospective Montero loan.
"As (majority owner Joe Roth) and I mentioned at our end-of-year business meeting, we are willing to look at any and all options for improving the team for 2013 and beyond," Hanauer wrote in the email. "This may or may not include moving one, two or three of our Designated Players, along with other players on our current roster."
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