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Cardiff break the bank for Medel

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Premier League new boys Cardiff City have broken their club record for a third time this summer, after agreeing a deal with Sevilla for the signature of Chilean midfielder Gary Medel.

Medel, 26, was in the stands to watch the sides friendly against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, with reports in Spain claiming the deal to worth as much as €13m (£11.2m).

The deal is subject to the midfielder completing his medical in the next few days.

Prior to this season's promotion to the Premier League, Cardiff's transfer record had stood at £3m for the signature of Michael Chopra in 2010, however Malky Mackay's side had already shattered the club record after signing Andreas Cornelius for a fee of £8m from FC Copenhagen earlier last month.

The Welsh club didn't stop there, adding highly rated England defender Steven Caulker to a growing squad, breaking the club record for a second time in less than two weeks.

This time prizing the 21-year old away from Tottenham Hotspurs for £8.5m.

Astonishingly Cardiff have upped that record again, smashing the record in capture of the highly rated Medel, who brings international pedigree, with over over 60 Chilean caps to his name, including appearances at the 2010 World Cup.

"We're delighted to have secured the services of Gary- a tenacious and intelligent international midfielder," Mackay told the club'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."

Mackay will have to wait a little longer to see his new man in action, with Medel due to fly out with his international teammates on sunday, for Chile's friendly against Iraq in Denmark on Wednesday.

Medel is expected to be available for Cardiff's first match in the top flight, away to West Ham next Saturday.

 

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