Nicolas Lodeiro’s transfer may come too late to the save the Seattle Sounders’ season, but it’s now all but official. The Uruguay international was being interviewed at the airport where he was getting ready to fly to the United States and apparently sign with the Sounders. You can watch the full interview here.
Nicolás Lodeiro: "Agradezco a hincha de #Boca por el cariño" pic.twitter.com/iu3s81fRIn— Doble 5 (@Doble5TyC) July 25, 2016
In the interview, Lodeiro effectively confirms that he’s joining the Sounders. Although those words don’t literally come out of his mouth, the reporter asks him about the Sounders and Lodeiro makes no attempt to correct him, saying the move wasn’t just about the money but about what was best for his family and club. Lodeiro also speaks wistfully of his time with Boca Juniors, expressing regret that they fell short in the Copa Libertadores.
This all suggests the contract is almost certainly only awaiting his signature, meaning Boca Juniors have finally accepted a transfer fee (rumored to be in the $6 million range) and that he has agreed to personal terms (supposedly a 3.5-year contract).
If you’re the kind of person who wants to greet Lodeiro at the airport, your best bet is probably the 8:10 p.m. (Argentina time) flight to Atlanta, where he’d potentially transfer to the Seattle-bound flight that is scheduled to land around 8:52 on Tuesday. If it takes him a bit longer to get through customs, he could also be on this flight that would arrive around 9:45 a.m.
Not that we’d condone stalking him at the airport or anything...