There are some surprised looks around the Football Transfer Tavern as The Guardian reports that Premier League newcomers Cardiff City have beaten Everton to sign highly rated Sevilla midfielder Gary Medel in a club record £11 million deal.
The 26-year-old, who played for Chile during the 2010 World Cup, has joined the Welsh club on a four-year deal, subject to a work permit.
Malky Mackay’s side had beaten their record transfer fee twice earlier in the transfer window after firstly landing Andreas Cornelius from FC Copenhagen for £7.5 million and then securing Spurs defensive ace Steven Caulker in a £8 million deal.
The Bluebirds have confirmed that the latest transfer has beaten all previous records as the Welsh side look to survive in the Premier League at the first attempt by signing the Chilean midfield general.
“We’re delighted to have secured the services of Gary – a tenacious and intelligent international midfielder,” Malky Mackay told Cardiff’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 Premier League.”
New Everton manager Roberto Martinez had reportedly been looking at the former Boca Juniors man but he will have been left ruing the news that sees the player nicknamed ‘El Pitbull’ due to his aggressive style arriving in the Premier League.