In a move that has long been rumored and recently been “confirmed” by some, Seattle Sounders FC owner and GM Adrian Hanauer released a statement this morning that the team is finalizing a loan that will send Fredy Montero to Columbian champions, Millonarios.
The details of the loan were not released by the club as the deal has yet to go through, but based on Hanauer’s statement and Montero’s heartfelt tweet to the Sounders club and fans yesterday, it should be any day that we find out all the information.
“We are finalizing the loan of Fredy Montero to Millonarios of Colombia for the 2013 MLS season. We hope to have this transaction completed in the next few days,” Hanauer said. “Fredy has been a tremendous part of our success the last four years and this decision was not taken lightly. This was a process that Fredy and the Sounders cooperated on, and our hope is that it works out successfully for both parties.”
Juan Arango, a South American football writer, has been covering the move the last few days and is now reporting that Montero has arrived in Columbian capitol, Bogota, to sign the loan deal.
The key parts in the deal now include whether or not Montero’s Designated Player slot will open (it’s expected to), if the Sounders receive any loan money or allocation money and the length/purchase option.
Of course with Fredy moved and a DP slot likely open, fans will be watching the FO tightly to see who is brought in to fill the slot, and when they’re brought in. Early reports are that Hanauer and Co. are looking to Spain’s La Liga for the answer.