There was a time when the Seattle Sounders were serious enough about signing Fluminense’s Jadson, but that time doesn’t appear to be now.
Jadson’s agent, Alan Espinosa, has assured me that although Seattle did show significant interest in the Brazilian defensive midfielder, there are no ongoing negotiations with the club.
Silly season is off to a quicker start than usual for the Rave Green — the transfer window is still weeks from officially opening and Sounders have already being linked with several players. South America, in particular, has become one of the regions where they have been heavily trending. That may be due to their success in signing players from CONMEBOL. It could also be indicative of Chris Henderson’s constant work there, which has created a known presence so transcending it’s immediately referenced when linking players with moves to MLS. This has created an environment where it can be hard to filter, as reports are not always accurate and sometimes are simply assumptions made with minimal evidence to substantiate them.
Just a few days ago, Jadson personally told a media outlet in Brazil that the Sounders were one of the teams who had asked about him. Sounder at Heart contacted the player’s agent to ask about the seriousness of Seattle’s interest in the 25-year-old midfielder and if there was any sort of offer for the player. Espinosa was very transparent.
“Yes, we had communication with a Sounders representative and two other guys that were with him approximately three months ago,” he said. “We watched two Fluminense games together, and in both Jadson played very well.”
But Espinoza also clarified there were no current negotiations between him or the teams.
“Although they seemed pleased with his performance, they told us they would take his note and discuss it with the president of the club to look over a few things. My guess is that they are managing certain things with their own players before doing anything.”
There is no doubt the Brazilian is one of the players on Henderson’s extensive list of potential signings and Jadson must be intriguing enough to be demand a group of scouts to watch him live. The Botafogo product is a rangy center midfielder, with promising passing ability, a high motor and good field awareness. His poise on the ball shows the experience he has gained throughout his career. Jadson was considered a budding star at one point, experiencing a brief pass through Serie A when his rights were purchased by Udinese. Despite not finding the success he was looking for and spending most of his time in Italy playing for their B team, that high-level experience does build character. Today he is one of Fluminense’s most consistent players, contributing as a box-to-box midfielder, which is probably the reason he is on the Sounders’ radar.
However, the last contact Espinosa had with any Seattle representative was over a month ago. For now Jadson remains an option I’ll have high on my board, and his agent remains hopeful something could potentially get done.
“He has contract with Fluminense through December of 2019, and although there are two teams in the domestic league that are interested in him, there is still a possibility something will get done,” he said. “It would have to be significant enough to please the player and Fluminense, but I would not dismiss them as an option yet.”
At this point there appears to be no other MLS team on the hunt for the midfielder, even though his agent did share with me that last year the Columbus Crew began negotiations to acquire Jadson but the economic aspect “fell way short.”