Seattle general manager Adrian Hanauer wants to make it clear: The Sounders are not in pursuit of Atlético Madrid and Uruguay striker Diego Forlán.
"We have watched and admired the play of Diego Forlán for a number of years, and we would be thrilled to have a player of his quality join Sounders FC,” Hanauer said in a statement released by the club. “However, there is no substance to these current reports that Sounders FC is negotiating with Atlético Madrid and the player to bring him to Seattle."
Forlán, a winner of two La Liga scoring titles and two European Golden Shoes, received the Golden Ball as the best player in last summer's World Cup for his efforts in leading Uruguay to a fourth-place finish.
On the eve of the formal start of Seattle’s training camp, Hanauer found it necessary to address the rumors that started on Twitter and picked up steam in the past couple of days.
The Sounders currently have the maximum three Designated Players in Blaise Nkufo, Fredy Montero and Álvaro Fernández, Forlán’s teammate on the Uruguayan national team.
Seattle will train in Tukwila, Wash., this week before departing for Casa Grande, Ariz., for the next phase of training camp.