Hen­rique joins In­ter in record Nice deal

New Straits Times - - Sport -

ROME: Brazil­ian de­fender Dal­bert Hen­rique has earned a transfer record €29 mil­lion (RM146 mil­lion) for French club Nice af­ter sign­ing a five-year deal with Serie A club In­ter Mi­lan on Wed­nes­day.

“It’s a transfer record for Nice,” Nice direc­tor gen­eral Julien Fournier told AFP.

The 23-year-old left-back joined Nice in July 2016 from Por­tuguese club Vi­to­ria Guimaraes in a deal es­ti­mated at €2 mil­lion.

His sale sur­passes Nice’s pre­vi­ous record for French mid­fielder Nam­palys Mendy to Le­ices­ter City in 2016 es­ti­mated at €17 mil­lion with French for­ward Loïc Rémy join­ing Mar­seille in 2010 for €15 mil­lion.

“We don’t have the com­mer­cial re­sources of big clubs, our devel­op­ment de­pends on the value and sale of play­ers,” said Fournier.

“Even if on a sport­ing level we lose a very good player this transfer per­mits us to re­cruit like we have done this sum­mer.”

Hen­rique played 33 matches in Ligue 1 last sea­son as Nice fin­ished a sur­prise third be­hind Monaco and Paris Saint-Ger­main.

Mean­while, Serie A club Fiorentina an­nounced the sign­ing of mid­field­ers Valentin Eysseric and Marco Be­nassi from Nice and Torino re­spec­tively.

Eysseric, 25, signed a deal un­til 2021 worth €4 mil­lion.

Be­nassi, 22, a for­mer Italy un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional, joined on a five-year con­tract es­ti­mated at €10 mil­lion, sub­ject to a med­i­cal yes­ter­day. AFP

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