It looks like the Seattle Sounders may be narrowing their search for a U22 attacking talent. A report out of Brazil says the Sounders are in negotiations with Brazilian club Palmeiras for 22-year-old attacking player Wesley. A Sounders source confirmed Wesley is a player they’ve been tracking.
The report in Globo says Palmeiras declined the Sounders’ initial offer but have sent a counter-proposal and that the São Paulo-based club is interested in making some sales in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Wesley has spent the last two seasons with Palmeiras after breaking out as a 19-year-old with Vitoria in Serie B while on loan. During that season, Wesley had five goals and three assists in about 2,200 minutes. Palmeiras brought him back to the first team the following season, where he had two goals and two assists in less than 800 minutes in the Brazilian top flight. He’s built on that season this year, with two goals and an assist in about 272 minutes.
Wesley’s highlights show a player who seems to like coming in off the wings but who is also comfortable in the middle of the park, similar to Jordan Morris.
True to what Garth Lagerwey has recently said, even if the Sounders are able to complete this transfer relatively soon, it would probably be at least another month until Wesley is able to suit up for the Sounders. Still, he looks like the sort of promising talent that could be helpful down the stretch.
If the Sounders do sign Wesley as a U22 player, he’d remain eligible to be classified under that mechanism until the season he turns 25.