Barca confirm Giovani switch

06 June 2008 02:30
Barcelona have announced that Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of teenage Mexican forward Giovani dos Santos. The 19-year-old has agreed a five-year deal at White Hart Lane, with Barca having a 20 per cent sell-on clause if he leaves Spurs in the first two years of his contract, or 10 per cent from that point on. Spurs will pay an initial fee of 6million euros for Giovani, with another 5million euros payable dependent on his appearances for the north London club. Giovani's father, Zizinho, had earlier told Record: "It is an honour that a club as important as Tottenham want to sign Giovani. "Tottenham's ambitious plans have excited Giovani and he just wants to go there and help the team in any way he can. "It is obvious that leaving Barcelona is a risky decision, but with his qualities it appears that it could be the best option for him." The 19-year-old impressed at the Under-17 World Cup in 2005, but has been used sparingly by Barca, not making his first-team debut until September 2007. He went on to score four goals in 11 starts and 22 appearances from the substitute's bench for the Catalan giants in the season just ended."

Source: ESA