Camilo Sanvezzo is still training with Querétaro FC, and the long saga involving the 2013 MLS Golden Boot winner looks like it might be coming to a merciful end soon.
The latest update in the controversy that has the Brazilian striker training with the Liga MX side despite still being under contract with the Vancouver Whitecaps came by way of a Tuesday afternoon tweet from south of the border.
Querétaro said from their official Twitter account that “Camilo keeps training with #nuestrosgallos and the negotiations for him to be able to play in the Clausura 2014 are going well."
A representative of the Whitecaps told MLSsoccer.com that the club is “working on a solution and will have an update in the coming days."
One report from ESPNFC.com’s Jeff Carlisle put the potential transfer fee in the seven-figure range.
CSN soccer analyst Jason deVos reported the figure may be lower.
Virtually impossible for Vancouver to replace Camilo with the money they receive for him. (And I hear it might be less than seven figures.)— Jason deVos (@jasondevos) January 13, 2014
The latest developments are the closest signs that the saga involving the dynamic Brazilian forward is drawing to a conclusion. It all started with a Jan. 2 report out of Mexico that Camilo was to sign with Querétaro, leading the Whitecaps to respond by saying he was still under contract for the 2014 season.
Then the tweeting started.
Pictures of Camilo wearing a Querétaro jersey were tweeted out several times, leading to some very pointed retorts from the Vancouver camp.
Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi called Camilo’s behavior “unacceptable and inappropriate” in a Jan. 6 meeting with the media. Whitecaps’ first-year coach Carl Robinson said Camilo’s actions were “unprofessional” in a media conference call a few days later.
All the while, word out of Vancouver was consistent in regard to Camilo’s contract status, saying his option for the 2014 season was picked up after he scored 22 goals in the 2013 campaign. Robinson said in last week’s conference call that he was hoping to have the issue resolved quickly with the SuperDraft coming up Thursday and preseason camp right around the corner.
“It’s urgent,” Robinson said at the time. “That’s why we’re working 24 hours a day to find a solution to this.”