In case you forgot that there’s no such thing as a stress-free transaction whenever a sizable transfer fee is involved, consider this your reminder. Despite the Seattle Sounders and Derlis Gonzalez basically agreeing to personal terms, Dynamo Kiev hasn’t been able to settle on a transfer fee. As a result, the Sounders have walked away from negotiations, at least according to a report from Somos Sounders.
If this is all starting to sound very familiar, that’s probably because you’re old enough to remember last summer’s negotiations over Nicolas Lodeiro’s move to the Sounders. Almost three weeks before the deal was finalized, the Sounders had reportedly grown so frustrated over Boca Juniors’ demands that they cut off negotiations.
You might also remember two summers ago, when Roman Torres was all set to join the Sounders until a third-party threatened to scuttle the deal.
If you’re really old, you may even remember all the way back to 2013 when the Sounders were trying to sign Obafemi Martins. Levante was so dead set on keeping Martins that they were threatening legal action against the Sounders.
In all three cases, the Sounders obviously got their player. That doesn’t necessarily mean this deal will get done, but it is a reminder that the Sounders have a pretty good track record of making things happen even when they’re seemingly dead. Don’t be surprised if this transfer saga has a few more twists and turns.