Sevilla’s Chilean midfielder Gary Medel looks set to complete an £11.1 million move to Cardiff City, according to reports.
The initial messages, coming from Spain, suggest that the 26 year-old has already begun saying his goodbyes to his team mates following their 3-1 win over Manchester United in Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial match.
The move will mean Cardiff smash their club transfer record for the third time this summer after arrivals of Andreas Cornelius and Steven Caulker for £7.5 million and £8 million respectively.
Medel, who has represented his country 51 times, was today seen at the Bluebirds 2-1 friendly win over Athletic Bilbao.
“Gary Medel was here as our guest today. I’d say we’re at 95% there with him becoming a Cardiff City player,” announced manager Malky Mackay after the game.
Medel is known in Spain as “El Pitbull” for his strong and aggressive defensive approach into challenges. He was sent off seven times in his 90 appearances for Sevilla, three of those coming last season.
However, Cardiff fans should not start celebrating the capture just yet after attempts to sign Blackpool’s Thomas Ince and Toulouse’s Etienne Capoue both fell through despite fees being agreed between the clubs.