Regarding Cho Kyu-sung, who is pushing to advance into Europe, there are observations that Jeonbuk Hyundai has proposed a summer advance through the ‘transfer and re-leasing’ method.
Cho Kyu-sung is known to have received offers from several clubs, including Germany’s Mainz 05, Scotland’s Celtic, and America’s Minnesota. At the ‘2022 World Cup in Qatar’, he became the first Korean player to score two goals in one game, and showed his international competitiveness with his outstanding activity and supply power, and his interest grew. Last year, he won the top scorer in the K-League 1 and has already proven that he is not a sparkling star.
Jeonbuk has shown its will to utilize Cho Kyu-seong for another half year. It was the position that the summer transfer is beneficial to the player as it is easier to adapt to the new team than winter. According to European reports, the transfer fee being discussed was 4 million euros (approximately 5.3 billion won), the highest ever for K-League in Europe. Cho Kyu-seong still hasn’t blocked the possibility of a winter transfer, but it is known that Celtic has turned to Oh Hyun-kyu in the meantime. 먹튀검증
According to an official familiar with the European transfer market, the clubs that tried to sign Jo Kyu-sung were offered a plan to re-lease to Jeonbuk for half a year after fully recruiting them in the winter transfer market from Jeonbuk. Re-leasing to the current team after the transfer is a transfer method commonly used in Europe, and Tottenham Hotspur has also hired Udinese defender Destiny Udoji and re-leased it for one year. The most common reason is that strong European teams want to secure mid-lower team players in advance. This case is unique in that Jeonbuk proposed to use the world cup star for another half year.
If the observations of the officials are true, it means that Jeonbuk has a strong will to use Cho Kyu-seong for another half year, and at the same time has a clear intention to send him to Europe without holding on to him any more. This is because it does not mean ‘let’s see it in half a year’, but also means guaranteeing advancement in half a year.
However, it is not easy to find a team to recruit Cho Kyu-seong right away if Celtic, which was the most active, completely turns around with the recruitment of Oh Hyun-kyu. Unlike Celtic, which is in a relaxed position, Mainz is only 5 points away from the relegation zone in the Bundesliga, and conditions such as a half-year lease are not suitable because it is urgent to reinforce scoring power, which is at the weakest level. Even from the player’s point of view, if you promise to transfer to a lower-ranking team, there is a possibility that you will be demoted half a year later if you make a mistake.
Regarding the re-leasing, an official from Jeonbuk said, “The club’s consistent policy is to respect the player’s intention,” and said that the final decision on the transfer still rests with Cho Kyu-sung, and that the club has no intention of stopping it.