John Terry has agreed to join Portuguese side Sporting if Pedro Madeira Rodrigues is elected president, the candidate has claimed.
Rodrigues is one of six candidates running for the top job in Saturday’s presidential election and says he has been working on bringing high-profile players and a new coach to the club.
He has already seen two of his top targets slip by after former Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio joined Zenit, while Yaya Toure was snapped up by Greek club Olympiacos.
But Rodrigues believes he still has a “great champion” in the bag, as he confirmed talks with ex-Chelsea and England defender John Terry, who is a free agent after leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season.
“I’m very close to presenting players for Sporting already,” Rodrigues told Sporting TV. “If I wanted to, I could present three players today. I just won’t announce them because I can’t go beyond certain limits. I’m negotiating by the penny. They are foreigners. A left-back, a striker and a great champion – all players who have no contract. I can say one because I’ve been caught up with him. It’s John Terry, a great champion, a player who does not come to win games, but comes to win games in training. I cannot pay him what he’s used to, but I think he’s very close to being our player.”