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Mysterious Brazilian says he's close to finalizing move to Sounders

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Thomas Jaguaribe tweets that he's obtained his work visa and that his signing will soon be official.

The MLS transfer window closed almost three weeks ago. At the time, it appeared the Seattle Sounders had effectively signed Brazilian attacking midfielder Thomas Jaguaribe, on a loan from Flamengo. Since then, Jaguaribe was seen at training and even spotted in the Sounders locker as recently as a week ago. But his Instagram account recently put him in Rome, Italy, suggesting something may have gone awry.

Turns out, Jaguaribe had simply left the country in order to obtain a work visa, is now back and even thinks he could make his debut as soon as this week.

How close Jaguaribe really is to seeing first-team minutes is obviously hard to say, but this is a good sign for anyone who had their hopes set on seeing the former Brazil youth international in rave green. Jaguaribe, who we've decided to give the nickname "Tommy Jaguar", has recently bounced around Brazil on a series of loans from Flamengo, even seeing some time in Italy's Serie B with Robur Siena. But the 22-year-old hasn't seen much success, scoring just once in about 2,300 first-team minutes spread out over seven professional seasons.

It would appear he sees the Sounders as a place to settle in, while the Sounders see a potential diamond-in-the-rough. Hopefully something will become official this week.