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Transfer deal for Nicolas Lodeiro won't be done before Copa Libertadores run ends

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Boca Juniors and Lodeiro's primary suitor are meeting Sunday and Monday.

News out of Argentina is that Uruguay and Boca Juniors star Nicolas Lodeiro will not negotiate until his club's run in the Copa Libertadores is over. Diario Olé is also saying that Boca is meeting with Lodeiro's suitor on Sunday and Monday. There is reason to believe that the Seattle Sounders are one of the teams interested in the playmaker.

Boca's Copa Lib run could go as late as July 27th, though it could end earlier. They are already in the semifinals. As the Copa Lib brackets the Copa America Cenetario things could change. The MLS transfer window is open until August 3rd, which would mean that if Sounders choose to wait on Lodeiro they would be cutting their opportunity close, with just a week to complete the deal. Since the FO admitted that they will be adding a TAM player to compliment their DP acquisition that could also push that acquisition back. It would be simpler for Seattle if Boca fails to advance past the semis.

Seattle makes sense as a destination for a player of Lodeiro's quality:

  • They can afford his reported 7-8 million dollar transfer fee
  • Alvaro Fernandez earned National Team callups while a Sounder
  • Sigi Schmid and Guillermo Barros Schelotto have a long relationship
  • Hanauer and Boca Juniors have a relationship going back prior to 2009, even hosting a friendly in 2010
  • Seattle has scouted Lodeiro multiple times
  • Sounders have maintained or earned international callups with many quality nations (USA, Sweden, Paraguay, Uruguay, Jamaica)
  • MLS, through D.C. United recently signed Luciano Acosta from Boca