It appears as though the Seattle Sounders will make at least one signing before the summer transfer window closes on Wednesday. Spanish outlet Marca is reporting that Emanuel Cecchini is already on his way to Seattle to finalize a loan agreement. Sounder at Heart has confirmed that report and assuming all goes to plan, he will likely be announced sometime in the next 48 hours. There’s also the possibility the Sounders could announce one other signing, Sounder at Heart has learned.
Previous reports have suggested the Sounders would pay a loan fee of about $150,000, would be responsible for Cecchini’s full salary and then have the option to make a permanent transfer at the end of this season. For this year, at least, he’d likely be a TAM player.
Cecchini is currently under contract for Spanish second-division team Malaga CF, who paid about $5 million for the Argentine midfielder’s transfer two years ago. The move has not worked out particularly well for Malaga. Cecchini has made just three appearances for Malaga, who were relegated from La Liga following the 2017-18 season and are currently not being allowed to sign new players after their expenses exceeded revenues last year.
Cecchini has spent most of the past two years on loan, first to Mexican side Club Leon and then back to Banfield, where he had his breakout season ahead of the transfer to Malaga. Seemingly comfortable with his old team, Cecchini rediscovered some of that same form and eventually settled into a No. 6 role down the stretch.
The Sounders seem to see him as a potential successor to Gustav Svensson, but would likely use him in as the nominal No. 8 in the mean time. That would potentially allow Cristian Roldan to move up a line and reprise the role he played so well down the stretch last season. It would also remove a good deal of pressure from Danny Leyva, allowing the 16-year-old to pick up minutes where the opportunity presents itself rather than serving as a semi-regular starter.