Diego Rico joins Bournemouth from Leganes for £10.7m
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 25/07/18 8:05am
Bournemouth have completed the £10.7m signing of Spanish left-back Diego Rico from La Liga side Leganes.
Sky Sports News reported on Monday night that a fee had been agreed between the two clubs, subject to a medical and personal terms being agreed,
Rico came through his medical with the club on Tuesday and has now signed a four-year deal with Eddie Howe's side.
Borussia Dortmund made a late bid to sign the full-back, offering better financial terms, but Rico's preference was to move to the Premier League.
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"I'm very happy to be here and would like to thank everyone at AFC Bournemouth for making me feel so welcome," he said.
"This is a new step for me in my career and, from my heart, I can say I am truly excited to be here and looking forward to the future.
"I have heard so much about the manager. I learned he is very professional and has a great philosophy on football, and I can see that is true from the short time I have met him so far."
The 25-year-old played 33 times for Leganes last season and was sent off in his final game of the campaign, a 3-2 victory at home to Real Betis.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said: "Diego is a player we have been tracking throughout the summer, and, although we had to be patient, it's great to finally be able to call him an AFC Bournemouth player.
"He's a really nice footballer and someone who will fit our philosophy and style of play.
"Diego is fast, physical, aggressive in attack and aggressive defensively. He takes an excellent set-piece and has a powerful left foot.
"Once he gets used to the way we play, we believe he can be a real force for this football club."
Sky Sports News also understands Bournemouth remain in talks with Levante over the signing of midfielder Jefferson Lerma.
Discussions over a £17m deal have been positive, though there is still some work to do as the 23-year-old would require a work permit.