Mainz general manager sincere to Cho Kyu-seong “I want to recruit him, but the ransom is too high…”

 Mainz’s interest in Cho Kyu-seong (24, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) is sincere.

Christian Heidel Mainz general manager of German Bundesliga club Mainz said in an interview with German media ‘Kicker’ on the 11th (Korean time), “Our club wants Cho Kyu-sung. We are looking for a striker to replace Jonathan Burkart, and we decided that Cho Kyu-seong was suitable.”

Multiple European clubs want to recruit Cho Kyu-sung. Naturally, the ransom price also jumped. Britain’s ‘Sky Sports’ reported that Celtic offered 3 million pounds (approximately 4.5 billion won) for the transfer fee of Cho Kyu-seong. Besides Mainz and Celtic, Scotland Rangers, Turkiye Fenerbahce, and Minnesota USA are also targeting Cho Kyu-seong.

Heidel general manager said, “I heard that Cho Kyu-sung’s ransom is about that much (3 million pounds), as reported by the British media. With this amount of money, it is difficult for Mainz to enter the competition. I am not financially comfortable,” he added. The intention to recruit Cho Kyu-seong was certain, but it was judged that it was unreasonable in reality.

An official from Cho Kyu-sung’s side said, “There were active recruitment proposals from places other than Mainz (Germany) and Celtic (Scotland). He told me that he is also waiting for offers from other European league teams.”

An official from the Jeonbuk club said, “We respect the player’s intention to transfer. Rather than the amount of money, the transfer is being promoted in a way that will help the future of the player. Park Ji-sung, technical director, has been in Europe and is in contact with several teams,” he explained. “It will take some time before a decision is made on the transfer.” 바카라

Cho Kyu-seong is a striker who became the top scorer in the K-League 1 in the 2022 season. He scored 17 goals in 31 appearances. In the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which started right after the season, he scored two goals. In the second group match against Ghana, he scored two goals with a header. It is the first Korean player to score two goals in one World Cup match.

Mainz is a ‘friendly’ club. Previously, five Korean players wore Mainz uniforms. Starting with Cha Doo-ri, who was recruited in 2006, Park Joo-ho was recruited in 2013, Koo Ja-cheol in 2014, Ji Dong-won in 2019, and Lee Jae-seong in 2021. Jae-Sung Lee is still with Mainz.

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