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Roman Torres deal reportedly falls through

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One of his former teams was apparently demanding a fee of $25,000 after the other clubs had agreed to a free transfer.

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UPDATE: Maybe there's hope yet.

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The dramatic transfer-window deadline reformation of the Seattle Sounders appears to have become slightly less dramatic after the transfer of Panama center back Roman Torres reportedly fell through. Details are a bit scarce, but Panama-based reporter Jose MIguel Dominguez is saying Torres' first professional club, Chepo, refused to sign off on what was apparently written as a free transfer.

Chepo, for whom Torres played in 2004-05, apparently had retained 25 percent of Torres' rights. But Millonarios (50 percent) and La Equidad (25 percent) had agreed to let Torres walk for free, as it was apparently his desire and he was going to be out of contract in six months anyway. Chepo apparently wanted $25,000, though, in order to sign off.

While that may seem like relative chump change, the best explanation we can come up with is that the deal was already written as a free transfer and adding a fee would have required a new deal that would have come after the transfer window closed.

The good news, if you choose to look at it this way, is Torres could still come to the Sounders in the offseason when he's on a free.