The Sounders are likely done pursuing San Lorenzo winger Sebastian Blanco. The Argentinian club is reportedly accepting bids on the player and have an offer in hand from the Portland Timbers. They seem to be the MLS club that was linked alongside a $4M bid from Club America week.
Blanco was a target for the Sounders last summer, but with the addition of Nicolas Lodeiro from Boca Juniors their interest has seemingly cooled. That cooling would probably not be enough for the Sounders to remove him from their discovery listing.
If Blanco is on the Sounders discovery list (and there’s at least a decent chance of that), for Portland to sign him would require them to buy the discovery rights from the Sounders. That would net the club an extra $50k in general allocation money for next season should San Lorenzo and the Timbers agree to a transfer. Earlier this offseason, the Sounders got $50,000 from Atlanta United for the discovery rights to Miguel Almiron.
For the Sounders, missing out on Blanco is not a huge problem. Garth Lagerwey has already made strides to address the team’s offensive weaknesses with the additions of Harry Shipp and Will Bruin this offseason. Between those two and the returning trio of Nicolas Lodeiro, Clint Dempsey, and Jordan Morris, the Sounders have enough offensive firepower that they don’t have to be aggressive when it comes to adding an attacking winger of Blanco’s ilk.