Tottenham complete Eric Dier Deal

Tottenham Complete Eric Dier Deal

Tottenham Complete Eric Dier Deal

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Sporting Libson defender Eric Dier for a fee in the region of £4 million.

Spurs announced on Thursday that they had signed the 20 year old from Sporting, pending the completion of a medical, which has now been completed. The Portuguese club, however, were far from happy at the way the deal unfolded.

Eric Dier had been on Sporting’s books since he was 10, eventually signing his first professional contract just over 4 years ago. In the midst of talk with regard to a new deal, Sporting were then stunned when presented with Spurs’ escape-clause bid, forcing them to part with the young defender.

A statement from Sporting’s website read, “Over the course of the last month, Sporting Clube de Portugal began negotiations with athlete Eric Dier for the renewal of his contract. Unexpectedly, Sporting was confronted by the player’s father and official representative with a bid from Tottenham Hotspur, with that bid activating a clause agreed by previous boards of directors for the sale of the player for an amount of 5 million Euros or more, unless the personal terms offered as part of the bis are matched.”

“Due to the club’s current salary policy, the respective balance within the squad and the ongoing financial restructuring under way at the club, it was not possible to match the proposed terms.”

“Furthermore, Sporting was also informed the player did not want to remain with the club even on equal terms, and that any equal or improved personal terms would not have been accepted. In light of the above, Sporting announced the complete sale of the economic rights of the player Eric Dier to Tottenham Hotspur for 5 million Euros without any rights relative to the player.”

“Despite the above mentioned events, Sporting wishes Eric Dier all the best in his career.”

More on Eric Dier:

Born in Cheltenham, Eric Dier moved to Portugal from England when he was 10 years old. Dier then signed professional terms with Sporting Libson in 2010 when he was 16. In January 2011, Eric Dier joined Everton on a short term loan until 30 June. He made his debut with Sporting B in a 2012-13 Segunda Liga 1-3 away win against Atletico.

In 11 November 2012, Dier was called to play for the first team in a 2012-13 Primeira Liga 1-0 home win against S.C. Braga. He then signed a 5 year contract with English Premier League Club Tottenham Hotspur on 2 August 2014, in a £4 million transfer.

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Suarez Set For Barcelona Move

Suarez Set For Barcelona Move

Liverpool will have further talks with Barcelona over the transfer of the Uruguay International Luis Suarez. The Reds were adament before negotiations began that they would not sell the forward for less than the value of his confidential buy-out clause, believed to be between £70 million and £80 million.

Opening talks seemed to have been productive and it is seen as a significant step forward with the club confident that a deal can be done in line with their valuation. Further talks and discussions will occur in due course although nothing has been finalised yet.

Barcelona have the option of offering Chile forward Alexis Sanchez as a makeweight in negotiations and it is understood at this stage that discussions are taking place considering both options – a straight money deal and also he option of a player plus cash alternative. The latter seemed more plausible but it would depend on Alexis Sanchez, who is not that keen at this moment to make a move to England.

Luis Suarez is currently banned for 4 months for biting Italy’s defender Giorgio Chiellini at the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil. However, the 27 year old forward has since issued a statement apologising for his actions. Barcelona are suspected to have had major influence in procuring as they have stepped up and began to lay the foundations for a move.

Last summer, Arsenal failed in their attempts to sign Suarez after a bid of £40 million was made in the mistaken assumption that it would be sufficient to trigger Suarez release when it only entitled them to begin negotiations. Since then, Liverpool have moved to make Luis Suarez contract more definitive in terms of his release price.

manchester united signs herrera

Manchester United Signs Herrera

Manchester United signs Herrera on 4-year deal.

Manchester United have signed Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera after the player bought out his contract with Athletic Bilbao.

United had a bid of £28.85 million for the 24 year-old rejected on Thursday but the deal was soon finalised before Athletic Bilbao revealed that Herrera had paid compensation to complete the transfer.

This is Louis van Gaal first signing as Manchester United manager with the acquisition of the Spanish midfielder. Herrera activated his £28m buy-out clause which would have risen to £32m after 1st July to facilitate the move.

Bilbao-born Ander Herrera moved to his hometown club from Real Zaragoza in 2011, making a total of 128 appearances and scoring 11 goals. On completing his transfer to Manchester United, Herrera said, “Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true. I have played at Old Trafford for Athletic Club in the UEFA Europa League and it was one of the highlights of my career so far.”

“I have joined United to do all I can to help the team reach the club’s objectives. Having arrived on Tuesday I’m excited to now be living in Manchester and I can’t wait for my first game in United’s famous red shirt.

“I will never forget my time with Athletic club and I’d like to thank the fans and staff for all their support and above all wish all my fantastic former team-mates all the best for the future.”

Herrera caught the eye at Old Trafford in March 2012 when Bilbao pulled off a shocking 3-2 victory in the first-leg of their last-16 Europa League tie. Manchester United have since attempted to sign the talented midfielder last summer but failed to complete the deal on the deadline day. Herrera has now signed a 4-year contract, with United holding an option to extend his stay by a further year.

Ryan Giggs has so far been impressed with the signing of Ander Herrera.

Giggs said: “Ander is a fantastic young player, with great energy and creativity. We believe him to be one of the brightest young prospects in Spain and I am certain he will be a big hit with the United fans.

“I’m delighted he has made the decision to come to Manchester and play his part in the club’s future. I’m looking forward to seeing him in action on our summer tour to America.”

Will Herrera indeed be able to add control into the Red Devils’ midfield? Well, we’ll have to wait for the season to find out.