Cardiff City smashed their transfer record for lofty Denmark international striker Andreas Cornelius, he becomes Malky Mackay’s first signing of the summer as he plans for the Bluebirds’ first season in the top tier of English football for fifty one years.
The £7.5m. transfer fee for Cornelius paid to FC Copenhagen smashes the previous record of £3m Cardiff paid to Sunderland for Michael Chopra in July 2010.
The 20-year-old will be linked-up with his new club for pre-season training after a short holiday while waiting for his international clearance to be received, he is scheduled to join up with his new team-mates at the club’s Vale of Glamorgan training base on Monday.
The 6ft 4in stocky striker passed a medical and has signed a five-year contract.
The striker had been slight and small for his age and was a late developer, therefore he possesses skills and technique not usually found in such a big man – this is what sets him apart.
He is not the stereotypical stiff and awkward striker in the Peter Crouch mode who excels in the air and in the tackle, but is lost with the ball at his feet – Cornelius has clever feet and an astute footballing brain and it’s this which sets him apart and makes him a potentially great signing for Cardiff City.
Cornelius at just 20, was top scorer in the 2012-13 Danish Superliga, scoring 18 goals in 32 appearances.
He said of his move to The Bluebirds –
“This is a dream come true for me, I was impressed by what the club is trying to do,”
“I’ve been given a great opportunity and this is a very exciting project that’s taking place at Cardiff City. I’m very happy to be here and to be playing for this club in the Premier League.”
“I was impressed by what the club is trying to do, the fact it has reached the Premier League and that it has a passionate fan base supporting it.”
He also hopes his move will enhance his chances with the national team.
“The Danish national team always wants players playing in foreign countries, especially in the English Premier League,” he added.
“If I can improve as a player at Cardiff City, which I think I can, then I can be a better player for the Danish national squad as well.”
Cornelius is highly rated in Denmark having represented his country at under-18, under-19 and under-20 before making his full international debut against the Czech Republic in September 2012.
He scored his first international goal in the 1-1 draw with Mexico on 31 January this year.
It’s an exciting prospect for Bluebird supporters with Cornelius linking up with Nicky Maynard or Frazier Campbell with Craig Bellamy behind them; Cardiff City will hit the Premier League with a strike force to be reckoned with!