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Brazilian defensive midfielder fits profile Sounders are seeking

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Sounders have had initial contacts with Bahia’s Gregore.

Botafogo v Bahia - Brasileirao Series A 2019 Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

There’s a bit more evidence that the Seattle Sounders may be targeting Brazil for their next significant foreign signing. Following a report last month that passingly mentioned the Sounders interest in Bahia’s Gregore, Niko Moreno has confirmed that some conversations about a potential move have been held with the defensive midfielder.

From the look of his overall profile, this would seem to fit almost perfectly the type of player the Sounders have said they’re targeting. Gregore seems to be a hard-tackling, slick-passing and aggressive player. Last year, he averaged 3.0 tackles and 1.6 interceptions defensively, while contributing .9 key passes, .8 shots and 1.2 successful dribbles per game on offense.

His highlights draw a striking resemblance to Osvaldo Alonso in his heyday, showing impressive range and anticipation.

Gregore would seem to possess the ability to play as either a deep-lying 6 or as a more advanced 8, allowing him to pair with any one of Cristian Roldan, Emmanuel Cecchini, Gustav Svensson, Jordy Delem or Danny Leyva.

Transfermarkt estimates his value at about $1.14 million, which suggests he might fit as a TAM player depending on how those rules shake out in the new CBA.