It has been a relatively slow offseason so far for the 2019 MLS Cup Champions Seattle Sounders. That’s to be expected, given that the season ends a full month earlier this year and the transfer window doesn’t open until January. But, it looks like we’ve got a first rumor to sniff at today. El Periódico, a newspaper out of Barcelona, Spain has linked Real Zaragoza defensive midfielder Iñigo Eguaras with to MLS; specifically the Sounders.
Through a translator, this is what the article says:
The Major Soccer League has set its sights on Íñigo Eguaras and the Navarrese soccer player, who as of January 1, unless he renews before, is already free to negotiate with any club, he can have a possible exit in the United States. Thus, there are several teams that have it on their agenda and one of them would be the Seattle Sounders, although not the only one.
According to the article, Sounders’ head scout Chris Henderson was at a Real Zaragoza game to scout Nigerian center-mid James Igbekeme and he left impressed by Eguaras. The Spanish midfielder is 27 years old and has played for Zaragoza since 2017. He has featured 14 times this season for the La Liga 2 side. His contract is set to expire in June of 2020, but some sort of early exit in January could be arranged for a small transfer fee.
Eguaras does not fit the profile of the type of player that the Sounders typically go for, but he might be a decent depth option behind Gustav Svensson and Cristian Roldan, especially if Emmanuel Cecchini is going to leave.