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Cardiff smash transfer record for third time this summer

Cardiff City have signed Sevilla's Gary Medel

By | 11th August 2013
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Premier League new boys Cardiff City have broken their record transfer fee for a third time this summer, signing Sevilla midfielder Gary Medel in an £11.2 million deal. Sky Sports says that the deal with Medel is a four-year contract assuming the player will qualify for a work permit, after the player passed a medical on Saturday.

Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay is excited to have been able to add the Chilean international to his squad.

“We’re delighted to have secured the services of Gary – a tenacious and intelligent international midfielder,” Mackay told Cardiff City’s official website.

“Having had two seasons of regular football in La Liga – with 60 odd international caps to his name and three appearances at a World Cup – his experience will be an invaluable asset to our squad.

“He’s played in a number of Boca v River Plate derbies in Argentina – one of the world’s biggest derby matches – and I’ve no doubt that his background and pedigree will complement our midfield group in the Barclays Premier League.”

The Bluebirds had already broken their record transfer fee twice this summer signing striker Andreas Cornelius from Danish club FC Copenhagen for a £7.6 million fee, before smashing that record with an £8 million deal for center back Steven Caulker from Tottenham earlier this summer. The Chilean international will become the team’s sixth summer signing once qualifying for a work permit.

The 26-year-old started his career with Chilean club Universidad Católica, staying with the club for three seasons while scoring ten goals in 70 appearances. Medel was then loaned out to Argentinian side Boca Juniors in 2009, where the midfielder impressed and the transfer became permanent for the next season despite interest from many top European clubs. After two seasons with Boca, the midfielder was keen on a move to Sevilla after being scouted for multiple months by the Spanish club.

The 26-year-old had become a fixture in the starting 11 since joining from Boca, appearing in 76 matches with the Spanish side while scoring eight times, including 32 appearances for the Sevillistas last season.



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