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What’s it take to get Uruguay’s #10? More than 12 million dollars in fees and salary.

Nicolas Lodeiro is a Sounder Photo Credit - MikeRussellFoto

Seattle Sounders FC pursued Nicolas Lodeiro for several months. Getting their man took not just time, but money. It’s a quite a bit of money. The massive near-six-million dollar fee is the second highest for a non-American/Mexican transferring into MLS. It’s the fifth highest ever.

Nico’s transfer fee is nestled right between Giovanni Dos Santos and Robbie Keane. It is two million more than the Sounders spent to get Obafemi Martins. Diego Valeri’s fee was only half of what it took to nab Lodeiro.

Player Fee Year
Michael Bradley $10 Million 2014
Clint Dempsey $9 Million* 2013
Jermaine Defoe $7.2 Million 2014
Giovanni Dos Santos $7 Million 2015
Nicolas Lodeiro $6 Million 2016
Robbie Keane $5.2 Million 2011
Lucas Melano $5 Million 2015
Luis Hernandez $4 Million 2000
Ariel Graziani $4 Million 2000
Obafemi Martins $4 Million 2013
Diego Valeri $3 Million 2013

His salary is merely 15th best in MLS this year (this uses an average annual value of 1.74 million and the 2016 salary release from May 19th).

The company that Nicolas Lodeiro is in, either when comparing his transfer fee or his salary is a who’s who of MLS.

Didier Drogba is the 14th highest paid player in the league. Gashi and Burrito are the first two players knocked down in the salary rankings.

A player with more than 12 million dollars in fees and salary has high expectations. Lodeiro will have until 2019 to fulfill them.