Last week it was rumored that the Sounders were among two teams interested in acquiring Dario Benedetto from Boca Juniors. It now sounds like the Sounders were actually the team to submit the rumored $14 million transfer bid.
Via Google translate, this is what the tweet said.
I DON’T WANT TO GO... Dario
#Benedetto turned down an offer from the Seattle Sounders close to $ 14 million. @DiarioOle
This article also talks about Benedetto wanting to play for Boca since he was a small boy and why he ultimately decided to stay in Argentina. In other words, he wants to become a champion at Boca.
We already knew that ownership had deep pockets and are not afraid to open them up and place such big bids out there for players like Benedetto, but I also like the idea that the owners are looking at players under the age of 30 and clearly still in their prime. In the long term, that will be great for MLS.
Now if we could just take the next step and get some more players from the Premier League, Bundesliga or La Liga that are still in their prime, we’ll know the team (and the league as a whole) is heading in the right direction.