Transfer Rumors: Portland close to landing multiple signatures

Under new coach Gio Savarese, the Portland Timbers are reportedly close to signing two intriguing players for the 2018 season.

The Portland Timbers are looking to get their best foot forward heading into 2018. After finishing in first place in the Western Conference, the Timbers are reportedly close to signing two new pieces to help the club heading into the new season. It didn’t take new head coach Gio Savarese long to make a signing, as Portland signed Costa Rican defender Julio Cascante.

Unsurprisingly, the Timbers seem far from done and have found themselves mentioned in multiple reports involving impressive South American talent. Along with Cascante, Portland has been linked heavily to Peruvian forward Andy Polo along with Paraguayan midfielder Christian Parades, both of whom are currently playing in Liga MX.

The Polo signing is reporting involving a hefty transfer fee upwards of $2.5-million, while Parades hasn’t been as clear. A transfer fee of that size would likely make Polo a designated player depending on his salary and the length of his contract. However, he could still qualify as a TAM player if the combined yearly amount of his salary and the amortization of the fee is below the $1.5-million TAM threshold. Parades will likely demand a TAM addition as well.

Along with the acquisitions, reports also surfaced that the Timbers had rejected offers from overseas for Designated Player Sebastian Blanco. A core of Blanco and MLS MVP Diego Valeri along with Polo is promising, while Parades likely is to replace Darlington Nagbe. It’s an exciting time for Timbers fans. Expect more news to surface at Savarese’s press introduction on January 8th.