Tottenham have agreed to terms with FC Twente over the transfer of Belgian winger Nacer Chadli.
Spurs announced the agreement by issuing a statement that said:
We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with FC Twente for the transfer of Nacer Chadli. Subject to personal terms and medical, the Belgian international winger will join up with the squad for pre-season training in Hong Kong.
Twente is believed to be receiving a $10.7 million (£7m) transfer fee for the winger’s services. The deal will be complete after the player agrees to personal terms (which sources claim will be a five year deal) and undergoes the routine medical exam.
Without blowing up his spot too much, Chadli is a similar player to Cristiano Ronaldo. With bags of pace and trickery, Chadli prefers to play on the left wing where he enjoys cutting through the middle to hit shots with his fantastic right foot. He’s also an adept crosser of the ball, although his left foot has been known to let him down.
Like Ronaldo, Chadli is a physical specimen, with great strength and height (6’2″) that he utilizes well to ward off challenges and push defenders off the ball. Perhaps not as much of a one man show as Ronaldo, Chadli looks to link up with his fellow attackers in bids to get slipped through on goal.
In front of the net, Chadli possesses strong composure and has excellent finishing ability that last season led to 12 goals in 17 Eredivisie matches and 6 goals in nine Europa League contests.
In short, Chadli represents a major coup for Spurs at a fantastic price. The 25 year old has all the attributes to make an immediate impact at White Hart Lane and should be the impetus that sees Gareth Bale take up a permanent position as the club’s number 10.
The Belgian international is expected to join up with fellow countrymen Moussa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen within the coming week.
PRAGUE (AP) Czech champion Viktoria Plzen is close to signing Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz.
Plzen says Ivanschitz agreed terms for a contract lasting 1 + seasons and will sign it when the team returns from a training camp in Spain. Ivanschitz has already joined the squad at the Oliva Nova resort, the club says.
Ivanschitz helped the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup in December.
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No financial details were given.
The 33-year-old Ivanschitz also played for Rapid Vienna and Red Bull Salzburg in Austria, Mainz in the Bundesliga, Levante in Spain and Panathinaikos in Athens.
Ivanschitz played 69 games for Austria in 2003-14, scoring 12 goals.
Joel Matip is going to get to play for Liverpool during AFCON after all.
The center back had turned down the chance to represent Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Liverpool was forced to apply to FIFA for a waiver.
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Matip suffered an ankle injury in December, adding to his desire to stay at Anfield. He declared himself internationally retired and was one of six Cameroon players who refused call-ups for AFCON.
He last played for the Reds on Dec. 11, and can be selected by Jurgen Klopp against Swansea City on Saturday.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he raised 1.2 million pounds ($1.5 million) from a friendly game against former club Everton last year.
That represents the profits, after operational costs, from August’s sellout match at Old Trafford and goes toward the Wayne Rooney Foundation’s target of raising 5 million pounds for children’s charities.
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Rooney said: “I’d like to thank all the fans who came to the testimonial and made it such a special night. They’ve raised a huge amount of money for children who are disadvantaged and it will make a real difference to their lives.”
Rooney is one goal from breaking Manchester United’s scoring record, with the striker currently tied with Bobby Charlton on 249 goals.
Rooney joined United from Everton in 2004.
Robert Lewandowski picked up where he left off.
The Polish striker scored twice for Bayern Munich, once in stoppage time, as the Bavarians improved their Bundesliga lead to six points after toppling Freiburg 2-1 on Friday.
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And what a winner it was, Lewandowski taking a Douglas Costa cross with two juggling touches before hitting an offspeed bouncer inside the post.
It was the league’s first match following the winter/holiday break, giving Bayern a cushion before RB Leipzig takes the pitch against Eintracht Frankfurt in a Top Five tilt on Saturday.
Lewandowski moves closer to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the goal scoring chart. His 13th and 14th goals have him two back of Borussia Dortmund’s striker, as Lewandowski pursues a third Golden Boot in four seasons.
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Freiburg 1-2 Bayern Munich — Friday
Augsburg vs. Hoffenheim — Saturday
Schalke vs. Ingolstadt — Saturday
Darmstadt vs. Borussia Monchengladbach — Saturday
Werder Bremen vs. Borussia Dortmund — Saturday
Wolfsburg vs. Hamburger SV — Saturday
RB Leipzig vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — Saturday
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Hertha Berlin — Sunday
Mainz vs. Koln — Sunday