Liverpool have agreed a £3.75 million fee to sell Tiago Ilori to Reading and Reds target Jose Fonte has issued a written transfer request to Southampton.
Some people may have forgotten the Portuguese centre-back that Liverpool signed in 2013 from Sporting CP. His career on Merseyside has been upset by a terrible combination of injuries, poor form and change within the club.
After a number of loan spells, it has been decided that the best move for Ilori to make is to leave the club permanently. According to the Liverpool Echo, a fee has been agreed upon to sell Ilori to Reading this month. Aside from the upfront fee of £3.75 million, a sell-on clause of 25% has been inserted into the player’s contract and Liverpool could make some extra cash down the road.
Reading manager Jaap Stam is signing the former Sporting defender in a bid to bolster the Championship’s defence in an effort to win promotion to the Premier League next season. Although Liverpool are just offloading a Portuguese defender, the club have reportedly had their eye on another and he’s just handed in a written transfer request.
As per the Metro, Jose Fonte has rejected a new contract at Southampton and has handed in a written transfer request after playing at St. Mary’s since 2010. The news has pricked the ears of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal, who are all believed to be interested in the 33-year-old centre-back.
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Southampton’s director of football Les Reed has confirmed that Fonte will not renew a deal with the Saints and has requested a transfer.
“He’s had several opportunities to improve the contract situation. He’s reserved his right not to do that,” Reed told BBC Radio Solent, via the Metro.
“He’s made it very clear he would like to explore the opportunities for a transfer,” Reed added.
“That’s where we are at the moment, Jose wants to leave the club. He’s formally asked for a transfer.”
It’s events like this which reveal just how much deception there is in the world of football. Just a few weeks ago, in an Instagram post, Fonte blasted stories reporting he had rejected a new deal and claimed he was focused at Southampton.
Just to set the record straight I did NOT reject a new contract, in fact I have been informed by Southampton that they are NOT offering me a new contract. My focus is on Thursday helping us win the game! #wemarchon
A photo posted by JOSE FONTE (@f6nte) on Dec 6, 2016 at 10:25am PST
Reed continued, claiming that Fonte even rejected a salary increase offered by Southampton in a bid to tie the Euro 2016 champion down.
“What was offered to Jose was, in my view, quite significant off the back of the contract he signed in October 2015,’ the director of football added.
“Six months later we were prepared to improve that contract and extend it. He has turned down the opportunity to increase his salary, and he’s turned down the opportunity to get another permanent year on his contract.”
Liverpool and Manchester United are interested but nothing has been reported of any intent from the Merseyside club to bid for Fonte.