Reports of the Derlis Gonzalez rumors’ demise have been greatly exaggerated, it would appear. A couple weeks after the Seattle Sounders reportedly walked away from the negotiating table over Dynamo Kiev’s transfer fee demands, reports are now surfacing throughout Paraguayan media that the move is very much back on.
The most reputable report, so far, is through Paraguay radio station ABC Cardinal. It suggests Gonzalez will play a Champions League game with Dynamo on Wednesday before joining the Sounders.
Assuming this is accurate, it would be an absolutely massive signing for the Sounders. Gonzalez is a 23-year-old Paraguay international, who has most often been deployed as a left mid but can play throughout the attacking band. Gonzalez has four goals in 26 caps and eight goals spread out over parts of three seasons in the European top flight. Last year, he scored six goals spread out over 1,700 all-competition minutes with Dynamo. He already has experience in World Cup qualifiers, Copa America and Champions League.
Even better, the Sounders don’t necessarily need Gonzalez immediately. His arrival would come just as the Sounders are playing their best soccer of the season and reaching full health. They would have the luxury of bringing him along slowly and allowing to integrate naturally with the team.