Portuguese Defender Signs Permanent Deal With Sevilla After Impressing On Loan
Carriço battling with Barcelona's Lionel Messi earlier in the season; Sevilla lost the game 4-1 at the Nou Camp, but the on loan Reading star has stepped up his game in recent months
With the transfer window having reopened this morning, Spanish side Sevilla have been one of the first sides to delve into the market, signing Portuguese defender Daniel Carriço from Reading for a fee of around £850,000.
The 25-year-old has played a big part in Sevilla's season so far, having initially been with the Liga BBVA squad on loan from relegated Reading - it was this loan agreement that allowed Luis Fabiano's team to acquire Carriço for such a low fee. Carriço had only joined Reading at the beginning of 2013, and only played three games for The Royals. Carriço is believed to have signed a three-and-a-half year deal.
The Estoril-born defender started his career with his local team, before moving on to sign for Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon. During his time at the Estádio José Alvalade, Carriço amassed 91 league appearances for his team, and also had loan spells with S.C. Olhanense and AEL Limassol.
Carriço had just over a year remaining on his contract at The Madejski Stadium.
He has represented Portugal at Under 21 level on 15 occasions, but has never been called up to the senior squad, which contains the likes of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe.
Carriço has been a crucial part in Sevilla's season so far, most notably in the past month, in which the defender scored four goals in four appearances. He has not featured much in the teams Liga BBVA campaign, but it is his performances in the Europa League which have earned him a place in the heart of the Sevilla defence for the next three years.