According to a Monday report from ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle, the San Jose Earthquakes are in the early stages of preparing an offer for Club America striker Darwin Quintero.
Quintero is a top target for San Jose, according to the report, which cited multiple league sources that said the Quakes are prepared to assemble a financial package to present to the 29-year-old. The transfer fee and salary will both be in the multi-million dollar range, according to Carlisle’s report.
Named after famed scientist Charles Darwin by his parents, Quintero has spent the majority of his professional career in Liga MX, playing for the Santos Laguna side from 2009 through 2014, and at Club America since 2015. He won two league titles during his tenure with Santos, as well as two CONCACAF Champions League trophies with Club America.
He has scored 114 goals in 373 league and cup appearances.
In the beginning, the Quakes ranked closer to the bottom of Quintero’s preferred MLS destinations, according to the report. However, per MLS rules, an offer made by a lower-ranking club must be matched by the teams ranking above or they must forfeit their rights to the player. If a deal is completed, San Jose will be required to pay a general allocation fee of $50,000 to the team that was originally at the top of Quintero’s discovery rights list.
Have a look at his highlight reel below: