Obafemi Martins seems to indicate move to Sounders still on, Levante disagrees

Jan Kruger

One way or another, it appears the Obafemi Martins-transfer saga will be settled next week, but Levante is telling reporters that the Sounders have dropped out of the bidding.

Depending on how you choose to interpret the information leaking out of Spain, it's either just a matter of time before Obafemi Martins joins the Seattle Sounders or the deal is completely dead. The onus seems to be entirely with the Sounders at this point, as they've reportedly come to personal terms with Martins and only need to decide if they are willing to pay his approximately $4 million exit fee plus about $800,000 in VAT.

On the positive side, if you choose to interpret it that way, is Martins seemingly indicating that a deal is still on.

"There's a little delay but I'm optimistic everything will be resolved soon," Martins told BBC Sport. "It is only a minor misunderstanding. Hopefully we can sort it out by Monday."

Pessimists, though, need to look no further than this report in which Levante officials say that the Sounders have ended their pursuit and that Martins is staying in Valencia.

Levante plays cross-town rival Valencia today at 1 p.m. pacific time. Martins is not in the starting lineup, but he is listed on the gameday 18.

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