Sandro switch nears completion

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Tottenham are very close to completing the signing of Sandro from Internacional, after agreeing personal terms in principle with the midfielder.

A fee of £6million is being reported, after Redknapp earmarked the centre of his midfield as lacking in strength in depth.

Redknapp had been told he must sell before he buys, and is expected to fund the arrival of the 20 year-old with the sale of Roman Pavlyuchenko, with Zenit St Petersburg currently leading the race for the Russian forward.

Spurs hold a strategic and sporting partnership with the Brazilian club, allowing them first option on their players and Daniel Levy met with Internacional president, Vittorio Piffero to discuss the terms of the deal last week.

The player’s lawyer, Luiz Paulo Chignall said of the move, “We have now agreed all of Sandro’s personal terms – his salary, the length of his contract and so on, although nothing can yet be signed.

“Sandro is happy and ready to join Tottenham. We liked the offer. All that remains is for Tottenham and Inter to finalise the small details, including the transfer fee. I know Daniel Levy is speaking to Vittorio Piffero.”

There are some potential slip-ups in the deal though. Sandro only has one international cap to his name currently, meaning he falls beneath the required number of appearances for his country to earn a work permit in the UK.

Also, Internacional only hold 70% of the player’s economic rights, with the remaining 30% being held by an unnamed third party. However, Chignall is still expectant that his client will be a Spurs player by the end of the month.

“Third-party ownership is very common in Brazil. Transfer fees are paid to the club and then they have to settle up with the third parties.”

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