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Boca Juniors want Sounders to raise their $7 million offer for Nicolas Lodeiro

Even if deal is accepted, Lodeiro unlikely to join Sounders until after Copa Libertadores run.

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There's virtually no chance of finality coming to the Seattle Sounders' pursuit of Nicolas Lodeiro in the next few weeks -- while he's with Uruaguay's Copa America team -- but we continue to get a slightly better picture of just where things stand.

The latest bit of news suggests that the Seattle Sounders are serious enough about this signing that they've already presented Boca Juniors with a transfer offer of what appears to be $7 million. The Sounders also reportedly offered him a four-year contract. Clint Dempsey reportedly had a $9 million transfer fee attached to him when he joined the Sounders in 2013.

Boca, who reportedly paid about $2.8 million for 50 percent of Lodeiro's rights in February 2015, is surely looking to make a bit of a profit on this deal and apparently rejected the offer that would have netted them less than $1 million.

The good news is that even though Lodeiro has made it known he doesn't intend to leave Boca Juniors until their Copa Libertadores run ends -- which won't be any earlier than mid-July -- this all seems to indicate negotiations are at least ongoing. That suggests the Sounders should be able to determine whether or not the deal is going to happen before it gets too close to the transfer window closing, even if Lodeiro might not actually join the team until after it.

There have also been reports that the third-party group who still owns part of his rights are eager to get Lodeiro to MLS, which seems to bode well for the Sounders' chances.

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