It would not be another normal Seattle Sounders season, without a rumor about a former club or Liga MX team interested in Roman Torres; Pachuca, Pumas UNAM and Millonarios have been linked to the center back in the past few years. Now, after getting in contact with various sources, I was able to confirm “Los zorros” are not only interested in the Panamanian but are also willing to make a considerable investment in upgrading their backline.
Atlas FC will have a substantial economical surplus after transferring Milton Caraglio, Luis Reyes, Bryan Garnica and potentially Leiton Jimenez, giving the rojinegros a sufficient amount of money to revamp a team that finished 15th in the 2018 Clausura and conceded 26 goals in 17 games.
In the other hand, Roman Torres is happy in Seattle, has a great relationship with the club and just got a contract extension with Sounders FC this February that, although not reported in detail, would secure him until December of 2019. Therefore, the Mexican team would have to pay a significant transfer fee along with more than likely having to increase his current salary of $ 645,000 if they want to lure El Mazinger to make the move. Liga MX has certainly begun to look at MLS to strengthen their teams, so this is no surprise.
For Atlas in particular, having a hierarchy center back like Roman leading their back line makes lots of sense, not to mention the iconic figure he represents for leading his national team to their very first World Cup. Let’s make something clear, there is absolutely no evidence that there has been any communication between the two clubs and that can by a common misconception when news like this start to flourish, Atlas interest has been confirmed in other dimensions but not to the negations level as far as I know.
Would Sounders be interested in something like this? President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey would not be doing his job if he was not taking calls like this one (if that was the case) but it would take a lot for this club to get rid of a player that has been the nucleus of this defense and locker room. Furthermore, beyond his defensive presence, leadership and his ability to distribute from the back line, once Chad Marshall decides to hang up his cleats there will be an even more resounding need for a defender of Torres’ pedigree. Independently of Panama’s results in the World Cup, when Roman comes back from achieving his childhood dream of playing most important sporting event in the planet, el canalero will be able to focus entirely on giving the Sounders another title as long as he is representing the Rave Green.