Okay, so there was a couple of different reports have come out; supposedly Fredy Montero is the target of famed Colombian football club Millonarios. They’re a legendary club as far as Colombia is concerned—and I would have to think could draw the interest of Montero.
The first report that Millonarios might be interested in Montero came last week, but it only now picked up steam. Montero, 25, has been with Seattle since 2009 and has had 47 goals and 34 assists in 119 regular-season matches. Despite being recognized as one of the top young players in MLS, he has been criticized for a lack of production in the playoffs. – Matt Thacker, Soccer Perspective
It’s interesting that rumours like this are popping out with Joan Verdú in the midst of Sounder-La Liga transfer rumours. I’ll concede, as many have, that Verdú is likely trying to leverage his situation for new contract, being that his current one is about to run out. But with his age and considering the current situation with Espanyol, I would certainly entertain the possibility that the Sounders could have an outside shot of acquiring him.
The problem I have with the transfer rumour of Fredy Montero is that I just don’t see him headed back to the Categoría Primera A. Jeremiah Oshan and Aaron Campeanu talked a bit about him on the latest edition of Nos Audietis (Sounder[at]Heart’s podcast). He has likely 3 years left in his prime. That’s just life and in those years he has to make his money and establish himself within the world of soccer with a chance to peek on a very good club. Why would you take a step back?
It’s clear that Fredy has a few goals going forward. It’s been written in a few different places that he “some day” wants to play in Europe. Going to Columbia now doesn’t make that goal easier. Rather it kind of makes it harder as the time his contract is up or even after a year
It’s also abundantly clear that he also wants a chance at the Colombian National team. Head Coach José Pekerman has continually looked over Montero and generally has discarded MLS as a league. Heading back to Colombia may help him get a bit further on the national radar but the competition isn’t really any stronger and if he wants a real shot at a spot on the team that has a shot at contending for the World Cup in 2014 he needs to get to a more competitive league.
South America has a few leagues, of course most European ones and then maybe like Russia and Turkey have teams that would be good too. There are places for Fredy to go that would certainly help him. Colombia is not one of them.
This doesn’t even talk about the financial problem of Millonarios and the fact that they have had money issues over the last 8 years, including declaring bankruptcy and the selling off of the majority shares to new ownership. There are legitimate question marks as to whether or not they could afford the $4 or $5 million dollars in transfer fees it would likely cost them to acquire Montero from the Sounders.
I’m not even going to lie. The whole contracts thing within MLS and the way Fredy’s deal is set up is confusing as all get up. But how much the team would need in return is the biggest deal breaker in my mind.
There is no reason for the Sounders to really boot Fredy down to South America to make room for someone else. I’m not going to say that Verdú wouldn’t be an upgrade but I have serious reservations on whether or not he’s really interested in coming to Sounders FC.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I don’t think Fredy will get a transfer out. The club is going to do what they think makes this team better. If that’s getting extra allocation dollars from selling Montero and finding another DP to take his place, so be it. But I’ll scoff at the transfer to Colombia. I just don’t see it happening right now.