Camilo saga is over: Vancouver Whitecaps transfer striker to Liga MX's Queretaro for "record" sum
The Camilo Sanvezzo saga has officially come to an end.
The Vancouver Whitecaps announced Friday that they have transferred the Brazilian striker to Liga MX side Querétaro FC for a “club record” multimillion-dollar fee. Details of the transfer were not disclosed, per club and league policy.
The announcement marks the end to the nearly three-week ordeal that ultimately forced Vancouver’s hand in parting ways with MLS’ reigning Golden Boot winner despite him being under contract for the 2014 season.
“In doing so, we were able to negotiate a club record transfer fee that will give us additional flexibility as we continue to build our club for the upcoming season and beyond,” Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson said in a release.
Friday’s announcement comes days after both sides indicated that a resolution was in the works. Camilo has been with Querétaro since early January despite apparently being under contract with Vancouver until now.
“We are pleased to report that we’ve come to an agreement with Camilo Sanvezzo and Vancouver Whitecaps FC,” Querétaro president Adolfo Ríos said. “On behalf of our club, we sincerely regret our misunderstanding in regards to Camilo’s contract earlier in the process.”
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Camilo, 25, joined Whitecaps FC on a preseason trial prior to the start of the club’s inaugural Major League Soccer campaign and officially signed with the club on March 17, 2011. The Brazilian made a total of 92 MLS regular-season appearances for the Whitecaps, recording 39 goals and registering 16 assists during that period.
He scored a league-best 22 goals last season.