Shares of Softbank Corp <9984.T> slid more than 5 percent to a five-month low on Monday after a source said the Japanese mobile carrier is close to securing a $20 billion deal to acquire control of U.S. counterpart Sprint Nextel Corp .
Softbank shares were down 5.3 percent at 2,267 yen and were the most heavily traded share by turnover on the main board.
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The deal, which could come as soon as Monday, is expected to be structured in two parts, with Softbank providing about $8 billion of new capital and acquiring an additional $12 billion worth of shares from Sprint shareholders, a source familiar with the matter said.
(Reporting by Mari Saito; Editing by Michael Watson)