UPDATE: Maybe there's hope yet.
¡OJO! Si se concreta su traspaso al Seattle, Román estaría partiendo mañana rumbo a Los Ángeles, donde su equipo se medirá al Galaxy.— JOSÉMIGUEL DOMÍNGUEZ (@JoseMiguelDomi) August 7, 2015
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.
Los del Chepo no contestan el teléfono y no dieron el OK. Román Torres no se irá al Seattle Sounders. Se quedará en Millonarios hasta DIC.— JOSÉMIGUEL DOMÍNGUEZ (@JoseMiguelDomi) August 7, 2015
BOMBA... Se pierde la oportunidad de Román Torres al Seattle Sounders. No se moverá de Millonarios. Chepo no dio el aval y se cae el fichaje— JOSÉMIGUEL DOMÍNGUEZ (@JoseMiguelDomi) August 7, 2015
En los próximos minutos se dará la información del por qué del no fichaje de Román por el Seattle. Se quedará en Millonarios hasta diciembre— JOSÉMIGUEL DOMÍNGUEZ (@JoseMiguelDomi) August 7, 2015
ÚLTIMA HORA: Todo apunta a que Román Torres se quedará en Millonarios hasta diciembre. Todo estaba hecho, pero Chepo no cedió. No contestó.— JOSÉMIGUEL DOMÍNGUEZ (@JoseMiguelDomi) August 7, 2015
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.