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Sounders linked again to Universidad Católica striker David Llanos

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A report out of Chile says Seattle are competing with Mexico's Veracruz for the player's services.

As the MLS primary transfer window came to a close on May 11, it became clear that the Seattle Sounders were not making major roster moves until the summer. Rumors surrounding the impending addition of Chilean striker David Llanos turned out to be inaccurate, but reports today suggest they could just have been premature. The Universidad Católica player's name has resurfaced in a report saying he has a standing offer from the Sounders as well as one from Liga MX side Veracruz.

Speaking to a Chilean radio station, Llanos' agent denied there was an offer on the table, but he spoke as if a move away from Católica was certainly an option. He noted that Llanos' contract with the 2016 Clausura champions runs for two more years, but that the 26-year-old's goalscoring statistics speak for themselves and he would evaluate offers as they came in.

Finally there is another story out of Chile suggesting that Llanos is one of the players on the way out as manager Mario Salas reshapes the Católica roster. The striker has mostly been used as a late sub for the squad in the past year.

Llanos looks to be a strong and skilled enough finisher in the box to be a potential starter for the Sounders, and would be a reasonably-priced target, but it goes without saying that he would not be the creative midfielder DP target the Sounders are seeking. Signing Llanos would require a transfer fee, though the size of his contract would presumably be within a range that he would not require a DP spot, leaving the possibility open for another marquee signing.

Although the primary window is closed, a player could sign an agreement to join the Sounders at any time. Any incoming player wouldn't be available to officially join the squad until the secondary window opens on July 4.