After crazy Gigi Becali used his one phone call from jail to pull the plug on Tottenham Hotspur's move for center back Vlad Chiriches, it looks like the deal is back on and finally moving towards its conclusion.
Steaua manager Reghecampf has said that Becali informed him that a deal with Spurs is complete and the defender will make his way to White Hart Lane after he plays in the Steaua's Champions League playoff against Legia Warsaw next week.
Reghecampf: 'Owner Becali told me there's an agreement between the clubs, Vlad will leave after the game vs Legia'— Emanuel Roşu (@Emishor) August 24, 2013
Reghecampf: "We can consider the deal for Chiriches done, great news for the boy. The money will help us a lot"— Emanuel Roşu (@Emishor) August 24, 2013
But because nothing in silly season is ever easy, the rest of the crazy Becali clan--who happen to be Chiriches's agents--have also weighed in.
Chiriches agent Ioan Becali: "wait a sec, Steaua agreed the fee, but the player didn't for the moment. It's an error from Steaua to..."— Emanuel Roşu (@Emishor) August 24, 2013
"...call the deal done. We need to be careful with personal terms"— Emanuel Roşu (@Emishor) August 24, 2013
Victor Becali, Ioan's brother and also Chiriches agent: "Vlad didn't sign. Ask Reghe, he knows better as far as I can see" #thfc— Emanuel Roşu (@Emishor) August 24, 2013
So it looks like we've managed the hard part--getting ranting lunatic Gigi Becali to agree a fee--but still have to manage the easier part--getting the slightly less crazy Becali brothers to finalize personal terms with Spurs for their client.
After the Willian debacle this week, Spurs fans know all too well how quickly a transfer that looks like it's going to happen can go completely pear-shaped. This one ain't done yet.
But unless Roman Abramovich decides to throw his weigh around again, Spurs should have a classy ball-playing defender before the end of the transfer window.