Saturday 21 April 2018

Bruce gets his man as Terry agrees to join Villa

John Terry has agreed to join Aston Villa. Photo: PA
John Terry has agreed to join Aston Villa. Photo: PA

John Percy

John Terry is poised to be confirmed as an Aston Villa player today in a huge coup for the club's manager, Steve Bruce.

The former England and Chelsea captain has agreed to extend his playing career by signing an initial 12-month deal for the Championship club, having rejected at least ten offers from around the world.

The 36-year-old's Villa contract will be worth a basic £60,000 a week with bonuses taking the overall package to more than £4m over the year.

The Villans flew out to Portugal for a warm-weather pre-season training camp on the Algarve yesterday and Terry is expected to join up with them in the next 48 hours.

Stoke's Irish duo of Jon Walters and Glenn Whelan are also on Bruce's list of targets as he tries to assemble a squad capable of promotion from the second tier.

Record

Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette will travel to London today to complete a club record move to Arsenal after they agreed a pay up to £52m for the striker.

Arsenal have agreed to pay Lyon an initial £46m for Lacazette, which will eclipse their previous record transfer fee of £42.5m for Mesut Özil from Real Madrid in 2013.

And Lyon could receive another £6m in add-ons, £2.6m of which are thought to be easily achievable.

The future of Chelsea target Alex Sandro is expected to become clearer today following a fresh round of talks regarding the Juventus left-back, with the Stamford Bridge club prepared to play a club record £60m for the Brazilian.

Juventus are hoping to keep Sandro with the offer of a new contract worth £76,000 a week, but Chelsea can better that by paying him more than £100,000 a week.

Chelsea have agreed a fee in the region of £30m with Roma for central defender Antonio Rüdiger, while Tiemoué Bakayoko's £35m move to Stamford Bridge inched further forward over the weekend.

Elsewhere, Manchester City's hopes of signing Marquinhos have ended after the Brazilian defender signed a new long-term deal with Paris Saint-Germain. ©Daily Telegraph, London.

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