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CSKA dismiss link with Seattle’s Montero (sort of)

There’s something brewing with Seattle Sounders star forward Fredy Montero.

In an interview with Radio Caracol of Colombia, the 22-year-old Montero claimed that Russian club CSKA Moscow are in negotiations with his representatives about a potential move to Russia after the World Cup.

“It’s no secret that they’ve asked and interested themselves a great deal,” Montero said to Radio Caracol in reference to CSKA. “But right now the paperwork and offer need to be finalized and they come to an agreement on a transfer figure. As a player I’m not involved. They have to find an agreement and I will just trust in god and cross my fingers that it can happen.”

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However, when contacted by MLSsoccer.com, the Russian club said there is no truth to Montero’s claims.

“Everybody here has learned about it from the press,” CSKA spokesman Michael Sanadze told MLSsoccer.com. “Maybe the people in our selection [scouting] department have watched a couple of games. But it is not a real interest and we don’t comment on these types of rumors.”

Sanadze confirmed that the Russian transfer window closed on April 8 and that any transfers could only take place in the summer. CSKA advanced to the quarterfinals of the current edition of the UEFA Champions League.

Montero finished third in the league with 12 goals in his MLS debut season in 2009. He has one goal in three matches this season. Seattle host Kansas City on Saturday afternoon.

Despite the fact that his player went public with the news, Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer told The Seattle Times that he’s chalking it up to rumor until he sees a concrete offer.  

"Fredy is a very good young player,” Hanauer said. “There's been continual interest from teams around the world. If we have something concrete to report we'll obviously do that. But soccer is a game of a lot of rumors. I tend not to get too wound up in the rumors until something ends up in writing on my desk."

In the same interview with Caracol Radio, Montero also said that teams from Turkey and Holland have sought out a loan deal but that the Sounders were not interested in loans. He also mentioned that a potential deal with Fulham of the EPL also fell through.