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Sounders coach confirms negotiations with Brazilian attacker Wesley

“I’d love to have it happen, like, tomorrow. That would be a big signing for our club.” - Brian Schmetzer

Palmeiras v Chapecoense - Brasileirao 2021 Photo by Miguel Schincariol/Getty Images

There’s still no indication of how close the Seattle Sounders are to adding new players during the now-open summer transfer window, but head coach Brian Schmetzer did confirm the team’s pursuit of Brazilian attacker Wesley.

“I’d love to have it happen, like, tomorrow,” Schmetzer told KJR on Tuesday. “That would be a big signing for our club. I know there are negotiations going on in the background.”

Schmetzer then joked that he might get some insight into how those negotiations are going from Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey, who was due to make his weekly radio appearance later in the evening.

“Maybe we’re a couple steps closer,” Schmetzer mused.

No such grand insight was coming, unfortunately.

As he usually does, Lagerwey effectively offered a “no comment” when asked about Wesley, specifically.

“Unfortunately we’re not able to comment on players under contract with other teams,” he said. “That would be tampering.”

Lagerwey did give some more generalized information about the type of player the Sounders are looking to add — all of which does seem to describe a certain 22-year-old Palmeiras attacker — while also attempting to temper expectations.

“If you’re able to add some speed, that’s maybe the one thing that would be beneficial,” Lagerwey said. “I don’t know if we’re going to do anything this window or not. We’re always looking to get better and if we find an appropriate deal, we’ll do that.

“We feel like we have a pretty good team and we’re excited about the opportunities the young guys have gotten and we will continue to support the guys in the locker room. We’re not going to go out willy-nilly and sign someone so it looks like we’re doing something. If we find something that makes us better and gives us something we don’t have, we’ll do it, and if we don’t, we won’t.”

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