This has been one of the more unexpected sagas to come out of this transfer window, but it looks as though it's about to come to an end.
According to Radio CRC via TuttoeNapoli.net, the Romanian international Vlad Chiriches is having a medical ahead of a move to Serie A club Napoli for a reported fee of €6m. The source is apparently very solid, even going so far as to say they have confirmation from our jet-hopping Technical Director, Franco Baldini. If a source is going that far, one has to believe this is imminent.
Vlar Chiriches è il nuovo difensore del Napoli. Lo ha confermato - secondo Radio Crc - Franco Baldini, dirigente del Tottenham.
Accordo totale con gli Spurs, che dalla cessione del centrale rumeno guadagneranno circa 6 mln più bonus. Previste per oggi le visite mediche, Chiriches è pronto a tingersi d'azzurro.
Plain and simple, the report says that it's done and dusted. There is a mention of bonuses on top of the fee, so the belief is that the initial fee, while it's a bit low, has some escalators that can allow the fee to rise a bit. This, of course, means that the club will be taking a bit of a loss, but it has become quite clear that there is no place in the squad for Vlad.
Fiorentina and Galatasaray we're both in for Chiriches, but Fiorentina wanted him on a loan deal that apparently feel through. Vlad had reportedly nixed the move to Galatasaray simply because he didn't want to play in Turkey. Enter Napoli, who apparently moved quickly as this has only been a thing for a couple of days.
All we're waiting on now is official word from the clubs, but this appears as though our hot dog loving defender is on his way to Italy after all. All the best to our Romanian defender, especially when he gave us fun moments like this one.
Editor's note: you can read about this potential transfer from Napoli's perspective on our sister blog, The Siren's Song.