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Are Sounders close to signing an Ecuadorian centerback?

24-year-old Xavier Arreaga currently plays for Ecuador’s Barcelona SC.

Botafogo v Barcelona de Guayaquil - Copa Bridgestone Libertadores 2017 Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

The MLS transfer window closes on Tuesday, but the Seattle Sounders may be close to finalizing a deal to bring in a new centerback. Reports out of Ecuador have said Barcelona SC is considering a transfer offer from a MLS team for 24-year-old Xavier Arreaga, with one identifying the Sounders as the team.

While it’s hard to say just how much credence this rumor deserves, Arreaga does seem to fit the profile of the kind of player the Sounders are likely targeting. His estimated transfer value is about $1 million according to Transfermarkt, which suggests he would likely be a TAM player and he’s young enough that he’s still got some upside.

Arreaga is 6 feet tall and has played almost exclusively as a centerback since establishing himself as a regular starter late in 2016. In that time, he’s scored eight goals in first-division appearances and has one in Copa Libertadores this year. He also has a cap with Ecuador that came in 2018.

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