Friday 24 November 2017

Transfer Watch: Benteke makes u-turn to sign new contract

Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke sprang a major surprise when he withdrew his transfer request and signed a new contract at Aston Villa after the club had rejected an £18m bid from Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs had submitted the offer soon after the Belgium international handed in a written transfer request at the start of the month, but would not meet Villa's expected valuation of £25m.

Spurs had nevertheless been planning to make an improved bid later in the summer, but Benteke has been persuaded to agree a new deal at Villa which extends his contract until 2017.

Spurs turned to the 22-year-old after deciding against signing David Villa, who has moved to Atletico Madrid, and still remain in the market for a top-class striker this summer, with Emmanuel Adebayor expected to leave.

However, Villa manager Paul Lambert and club owner Randy Lerner remained adamant that they would not buckle under pressure, and Benteke returned to training earlier this week.

DONE DEALS

Manchester City strengthened their striking options ahead of the new season by completing the signings of Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla and Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini had prioritised signing strikers after selling both Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez in recent months. The 27-year-old Negredo, who joined for a reported £20m, was the fourth top scorer in La Liga last season as he took his tally with Sevilla since joining in 2009 to 70 goals in 139 appearances.

Montenegro striker Jovetic (23) has been signed after scoring 40 goals in 134 appearances for Fiorentina. He is reunited with former Fiorentina team-mate Matija Nastasic at the Etihad Stadium.

French champion Paris Saint-Germain's spending spree has continued with the signing of Brazilian centre-half Marquinhos from AS Roma.

PSG says the 19-year-old joined on a five-year contract. Financial details were not announced, though reports estimated the transfer at e35m.

Irish Independent

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