João Paulo shares Sounders loan details
When João Paulo was signed by the Seattle Sounders In February, it was announced that the deal was structured a little differently from the previous named players. Rather than paying an outright transfer fee, the Sounders would give João Paulo a one-year loan with an option to buy. the initial loan fee was reported to be around $ 1.25 million with an equivalent payment due at the end of the year should the transfer become permanent.
The flexibility essentially allowed the Sounders to test João Paulo before committing to a long-term deal.
In a recent interview with MLS Territory, João Paulo has revealed that if the Sounders complete the transfer, he will be signed until 2022.
“My contract is a loan until the end of the year, they have the option to make the purchase,” he said, according to lance.com. “If they buy, I would have two more years here, until the end of 2022. The interest occurred in August of last year, they were very cautious, they observed, they went to two matches in Brazil. It ended up happening, due to my versatility, to be able to play more than one role in the middle. “
It’s probably still a little early to say he’ll definitely be back in 2021, but it looks like João Paulo has been as good and versatile as the Sounders had hoped. In Nico Lodeiro’s absence, João Paulo started the Sounders’ first three competitive games of the season as a No.10 and responded with two goals and an assist. Since then he has fallen into the defensive midfield and played like a 6 and 8. His defensive numbers have been solid, and he added another assist and scored his first goal in MLS.