It has been a quiet few days surrounding Paolo Hurtado’s rumored move to the Seattle Sounders. That does not mean the trail has gone cold, as Sounders sources have confirmed that negotiations with the Peru international are ongoing.
The last bit of information to come out of the rumor mill was that the Sounders and Vitoria Guimarães — his team in Portugal — had agreed to a transfer fee of $1.5 million (likely to be paid over at least a couple of seasons), leaving the rather significant detail of negotiating personal terms.
That undetermined detail also helps explain why Vitoria’s coach, Luis Castro, told Peruvian outlet El Bocon he still sees Hurtado as part of the team while also claiming he was unaware of any impending transfer.
“At the moment, I do not have that information. The leaders have not told me anything and I consider him as part of my team for this season.” - Castro via Google translate.
Notably, Castro had positive things to say about Hurtado, calling him “fast” and “very useful.”
One way or another, this is likely to wrap up sooner than later. While the Sounders are riding a six-game unbeaten streak, they have also expressed a clear desire to add as many as two additional players before the summer transfer window closes on Aug. 8.