It took a little longer than initially expected but Philadelphia Union midfielder Jamiro Monteiro is reportedly on the move.
MLSSoccer.com writer Tom Bogert reported Sunday that the San Jose Earthquakes are acquiring the designated player for what appears to be a bargain considering the Cape Verde international was the Union’s most expensive acquisition up until a few weeks ago.
Sources: The San Jose Earthquakes have acquired midfielder Jamiro Monteiro from the Philadelphia Union for $250k GAM, an int’l slot + $200k GAM incentives.— Tom Bogert (@tombogert) February 13, 2022
Monteiro, 28, was one of Philly’s three DPs. Latest intra-MLS addition for SJ, following Ebobisse, Gregus, Calvo & more.
Bogert reports the return as $250,000 in general allocation money and an international slot with another $200,000 in GAM tied up in performance incentives. International spots are going for around $250,000 in allocation money so that would estimate the total package at $700,000.
Kacper Przybyklo was sold to the Chicago Fire for $1,150,000 last month.
Monteiro was acquired for a reported $1.98 million transfer fee in January 2020 from FC Metz after he spent the 2019 season on loan. He was signed to a designated player contract through the 2022 season with a club option for 2023. He was the highest paid player on the roster in 2021 with a guaranteed compensation of $1,476,250.
Mikael Uhre and Julian Carranza are now the two designated players on the Union roster for 2022. Uhre’s transfer shattered Monteiro’s record with a reported $2.8 million transfer fee paid to Brøndby IF. Carranza was acquired as a young designated player on a season-long loan from Inter Miami.
Monteiro’s departure would mean the midfield diamond will still be two deep at every position: Jose Martinez and Jesus Bueno at the base, Leon Flach and Jack McGlynn on the left, Daniel Gazdag and Paxten Aaronson at the tip and Alejandro Bedoya and Quinn Sullivan on the right. Cole Turner is also available for depth both in the midfield and at center back.
The addition of an international spot would mean that the Union will have 7 out of 9 available spots filled.