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FC Twente board resigns amid scandal, possible they lose professional license

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FC Twente, one of the biggest clubs in the Netherlands and producer of some of the best European talent, has a high probability of losing its professional license, according to KNVB executive Bert van Oostveen.

“It is true that the club really hangs by a thread,”he told RTV Oost. “I’m not optimistic that Twente will play professional football next year. In fact,. Then I think more likely that they do not play it.”

On Tuesday, an independent report led by Ben Knüppe concluded that there was an “unhealthy culture” at Twente, and the club deliberately misinformed the KNVB about its relationship with Doyen Sports. In November, news broke that the club brokered a deal with Doyen that promised the company a cut of transfer fees in return for an investment. In addition, the leaked documents suggested that Doyen had significant say in club transfer policy, something which the club has refuted. Twente has already been banned from European play for three years by the KNVB.

The independent report suggested that the entire board step down in light of the findings. Today, the club announced they had followed that recommendation, with Director Gerald van den Belt and Joop de Winter stepping down immediately and Hennie ten Hag and Hein Trebbe to leave their posts next week. Chairman Aldo van der Laan resigned when the news broke in November.

The club also announced it has two months to meet governance structure guidelines laid out in the report, and should they fail to do so, their license would be revoked and the club would be unable to play professionally until the license is renewed or reinstated.

“My goal is that the club next season still has a license,” Interim Director Onno Jacobs said. “We are currently in receivership at the KNVB and the municipality of Enschede. We do not have everything in our own hands, but are doing everything to restore the health of the club.”

For any club, a scandal of this nature is not just embarrassing but potentially permanently damaging. However, for a club like Twente, which is known globally for producing young talent, grooming it to the professional level, and then profiting on the sale to larger clubs, it is particularly troubling.

FC Twente president steps down amid investigation of transfer deals

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Aldo Van der Laan, the President of Dutch club FC Twente, has stepped down after allegations of shady transfer dealings have surfaced.

This week, a website posted a contract dated 2014 between Van der Laan and Malta-based Doyen Sports Investments that saw a payment of $5.3 million from the company to the club in exchange for between 10 and 50 percent of the transfer rights to seven Twente players.

In a statement on its official website, the club said “Van der Laan has stated that the club is always of paramount importance to him, and that is now in jeopardy. Continuing doubt about him harms FC Twente.” The statement went on to say the Dutch federation (KNVB) is investigating, and that the club will cooperate.

FIFA outlawed third-party ownership of players to keep outside forces from influencing transfer deals. The alleged contract posted is dated before the FIFA ruling went into effect, but the KNVB has outlawed third-party ownership for a while.

According to Dutch reports, five of the seven players listed on the contract have already been sold, including current Southampton midfielder Dusan Tadic. The contract states that the two remaining players, Shadrach Eghan (with the first team) and Kyle Ebecilio (on loan at Championship club Nottingham Forest) must be sold by the end of the season, or the club must pay a $1.48 million fine to Doyen.

Those same reports also suggest Twente is likely to see some form of sanction, with some serious possibilities including relegation, a large points deduction, or a transfer ban as long as two years.

Report: Free from Stoke City, Agudelo getting loads of Dutch interest

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A second work-permit denial for Stoke City may have ended in a mutual parting of ways between Juan Agudelo and his Premier League employers, but his performance in the Eredivisie this season has Dutch clubs licking their chops.

Playing on loan for FC Utrecht after the first work permit denial in January, Agudelo scored thrice and added three assists in 14 matches.

The American striker won’t turn 22 until November and, according to MLSSoccer.com, has opened the eyes of the Netherlands soccer faithful.

From MLSSoccer.com:

Sources in the Netherlands have confirmed to MLSsoccer.com that the 21-year-old US international, fresh off a loan stint with FC Utrecht, has considerable interest around a league well-known for shaping attackers. It is not yet known if the Galgenwaard Stadion club are among those who intend an attempt at signing Agudelo on a permanent deal.

After the first work permit rejection with Stoke, Agudelo also had loan interest from league rivals FC Twente and NEC Nijmegen, among others.

With 29 shots in 14 appearances, it isn’t hard to believe he’s desired in the Netherlands… but what about the rest of Europe? England seems to be out of the question, but will Agudelo look into interest from other nations, or will knowing he’d be fine to make the grade in the Eredivisie keep him there?

Done Deal: Transfer market action from August 27

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Every day between now and the end of the European transfer window, we’ll detail every remarkable signing in our Done Deal report. On Tuesday, a handful of loan deals were announced, as most of the action took place behind closed doors in setting up larger moves to be made official in the coming days.

• While it’s not strictly transfer news, Landon Donovan‘s reported signing of a multiyear contract to keep him with the Los Angeles Galaxy does squash rumors of him moving abroad. (SI.com)

• Stoke City signed 25-year-old Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi on loan for the remainder of the season from Liverpool. (The Guardian)

• Aston Villa sent defender Enda Stevens on a short-term loan to Notts County in League One. (Sky Sports)

• Mounir El Hamdaoui (pictured) is set to sign a loan deal with Málaga from Fiorentina in Serie A. Málaga will have an option to buy the Dutch-Moroccan next summer. (La Opinión de Málaga)

• Speaking of La Viola, Croatian striker Ante Rebić flew to Fiorentina on a private plane on Tuesday to complete his transfer from RNK Split. (Sportske Novosti)

• FC Twente signed 20-year-old Mexican forward Jesús Corona from Monterrey for €3.5 million on a four-year deal. (Football Oranje)

• Ligue 1’s Sochaux picked up Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Razak Boukari on loan until the end of the season. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham and FC Twente agree on $10.7M deal for Belgian Nacer Chadli

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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.