Turkish and English newspapers report that Champions League title holders Chelsea have reached an agreement with Fenerbahçe on the transfer of Hungarian defender, Attila Szalai. CNN Türk reports the details of the deal, according to which the English will pay the Turkish team 23.4 million euros for the Hungarian athlete at the beginning of the January transfer window, and Szalai will be signed for six years at a salary of €4 million per year.
This article was originally published on our sister-site, Ungarn Heute. Translation by Júlia Tar
For months already, sports newspapers have been reporting that not only FC Chelsea but also several other big clubs have been strongly inquiring about the Hungarian footballer, Attila Szalai, and Roman Abramovich seems to have won the “bidding war,” reports Hungarian news site, Index.
With a purchase price of €23.4 million, Attila Szalai would be the most expensive Hungarian footballer ever acquired, surpassing the recent record of Dominik Szoboszlai (22 million euros).
Several Chelsea players’ contracts expire at the end of the season, namely those of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, and César Azpilicueta and it is reported that negotiations on contract extensions with them are not going well. Since all four of them are defenders, the club is in a delicate situation, so finding replacements has become a priority.
Attila Szalai moved from Apollon Limassol for only €2 million in January this year, where he made 40 appearances and scored three goals in addition to his excellent defensive work.
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