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Chiriches close to EUR 9.5M transfer to Tottenham

Steaua chairman Gigi Becali has accepted Vlad Chiriches departure is inevitable and will allow the player to join Tottenham on 29 August, after playing in the second leg of the club’s Champions League qualifying play-off against Legia Warsaw on Tuesday night, according to express.co.uk, who is quoting Romanian newspaper adevarul.ro.
Steaua’s manager Mihai Stoica said the transfer fee will be EUR 9.5M, which is the biggest transfer ever made by the Romanian League 1. It seems that Chiriches has agreed personal terms at White Hart Lane and will receive GBP 25,000-a-week in wages.
The transfer was also confirmed by Steaua-s coach Laurentiu Reghecampf: “The club’s chairman told me he has accepted the deal. The two clubs now have a deal now they only need to sign the papers. I’m very happy for him (for Chiriches – e.n.) I’m sure he will go even further. Vlad will remain in the history of this club especially if we will get in the CL groups”.
And Romanian national team coach Victor Piturca appeared to confirm the move was back on when he told the press: “From what I know, in the next few days Chiriches will sign for another team.”
Tottenham came very close to signing Chiriches earlier in the summer only for Becali to call off the deal at the last minute from his prison cell after becoming frustrated with Spurs attempts to push through the move. At the time Becali reported told Steaua manager Mihai Stoica: “Who are Tottenham? I’m not a slave to anybody.”
But Becali has since had a change of heart, and will grant Chiriches a move to England after he plays his part in helping Steaua qualify for group stages of the Champions League. Steaua captain Alexander Bourceanu praised Chiriches for his role in the clubs 1-1 draw in the first leg against Legia, saying: “He’s the best player from Steaua, the most valuable, the most in shape. I think the impact that I have on the team does not compare to that of Chiriches”.

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