Philadelphia Union star midfielder Jamiro Monteiro could be on his way out less than two weeks away from one of the biggest matches in team history: the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League semifinal in Mexico City.
Monteiro was a surprise omission from the 18 in the Union’s match against the Chicago Fire.
Head coach Jim Curtin addressed his absence post-game.
“Jamiro is in transfer talks right now,” Curtin said. “That’s all I can say about the matter.”
Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jonathan Tannenwald reported that one of the reasons for Monteiro, a father of two, seeking a transfer could be family related.
A source with knowledge of the situation tells The Inquirer that Jamiro Monteiro's family hasn't been able to come to the U.S. this summer. He hasn't been with them since June.— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) August 2, 2021
That's what it's about, I suspect.
A Cape Verde international, Monteiro originally came to the Union on loan in 2019 and returned after the Union paid their largest transfer fee ever for a player in 2020.
He has 9 goals and 19 assists in 63 games over three seasons with the blue and gold.
UPDATE: It should come as no surprise that the Union have options in terms of clubs interested in acquiring Monteiro.
Can add to the transfer talks on Jamiro Monteiro:— Nick Fishman (@nick_fishman) August 2, 2021
Per his agent, Carlos Barros
Negotiations are currently with Anderlecht (Belgian Pro League) and Feyenoord (Eredivisie).
There is also interest from a "top team" in Brazil...and a Western Conference MLS side.