He’s gone! - Long-term Tottenham target in R$41.8m domestic switch

Leandro Damiao V S Korea

Leandro Damiao looks set to join Santos in January after a deal was struck between Internacional and a third party.

Yesterday we brought you the news that long-term Andre Villas-Boas and Tottenham target Leandro Damiao was being lined up by Santos for a big money move - and now it appears the deal is done.

Tottenham have been linked with a move for Damiao in the past two transfer windows - although this summer the interest had seemingly cooled off.

That was likely because of his £21.5 million price-tag, lack of goals in 2013 and his injury problems.

But none of these mitigating factors have prevented Santos from bringing the player in.

For Damiao he will be hoping a change in scenery might just improve his performances - which have tailed off in recent months at Internacional. In doing so, he would be hoping to force his way back into the Brazilian national team after being sent to the wilderness this year.

As with seemingly all Brazilian transfers this deal is not exactly no strings attached.

Third party investment group Doyen Sports have purchased 70% of his rights from Internacional and will then transfer his registration to Santos.

Damiao reportedly wanted a domestic switch because his wife is pregnant and to put pressure on the Selecao selection by performing well in Brazil - so Doyen did not even entertain the idea of negotiating his potential move to Europe.

It is said that Doyen have spent R$41.8m - roughly £11 million, so a snip in regards to the prices being quoted to Spurs over the past 18 months.

That price could rise. Santos are now expected to buy the remaining 30% of his registration from former club Atletico Ibirama which would come in at a fee of around R$ 2.5 million - so the combined price could end up being a fee of R$ 44.3 million - a Brazilian record surpassing the R$ 23.9 million Sao Paulo spent on Ganso in 2012.

So finally, at least for now, the Damiao to Spurs rumours can be quashed - as Damiao is expected to arrive in Santos come January.

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