Inspired by Director Park Ji-sung’s advice to go to Meatwillan, Kyu-sung Cho has more places to go…what’s the final choice?
There are still many options. What matters is the mind of Cho Kyu-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai).
On June 6, Cho’s agent, Yoon Ki-young of Info Korea, told Sporting News, “There was an offer from Mittwillan in early May, but he refused at the time. The player was hesitant, and Blackburn Rovers (English second division) also contacted us.”
Mittwillan has won three regular season titles with the Danish Superliga powerhouse. The team has also been a regular in the UEFA Champions League (UCL). In the new season, they are in the second qualifying round of the Europa Conference League (UECL). The team will have to go through three rounds of qualifiers and playoffs to reach the knockout stage.
“At first, Cho Kyu-sung didn’t like Mittwillan,” says Yoon. He preferred a club in the English second division,” Yoon said, admitting that Blackburn, Leicester City, and Watford had also made offers.
Yoon explains, “We decided to respect Cho Kyu-sung’s wishes. I also had a conversation with Jeonbuk director Park Ji-sung.” This means that after talking to Park, he made up his mind about Meatwillan and changed his mind to help them.
An official from Jeonbuk also said, “It is true that we are considering Mittwillan’s offer. However, nothing has been decided yet. It would be correct to say that negotiations are continuing.”
Cho established himself as a breakout star at last year’s World Cup in Qatar, scoring two goals with his head against Ghana in the group stage. He was heavily linked with a move to Europe in the winter transfer window in January, and after much deliberation, chose to stay with Jeonbuk.
At the time, Cho had offers from Celtic (Scotland), Mainz, Cologne (Germany), and Minnesota (USA), but he turned them down. He felt that his body wasn’t in the right shape and that a summer move would be better, with the pre-season to build organization. There was also advice from Park.
Cho Kyu-sung spent two months in rehabilitation after suffering a calf injury during an A-match in March. Interest naturally waned, but with his recent goals, his form has picked up and he has reportedly been receiving transfer offers.
The transfer fee is expected to be in the region of £2.5 million (approximately KRW 4.1 billion). This is a far cry from the £5 million (approx. 8.3 billion won) offered by clubs interested in Cho Kyu-sung last winter. A source familiar with the European transfer market said, “I understand that the transfer of Jo Kyu-sung to Mitwylan was handled by Italian Luca Vascherini, who is the agent of Patrice Evra, who is close to Park Ji-sung. This means that Luca directly arranged Meatwillan.”온라인바카
Another agent based in Europe said, “Cho Kyu-sung was interested in top clubs in the so-called selling leagues, such as Portugal and the Netherlands, where there is a lot of outflow of players. In Portugal, Benfica, SC Braga, etc. were interested, but unfortunately, Jeonbuk was not connected,” explaining that the player was a valuable commodity.
It’s not easy to break into the Premier League with a name like Mitwillan. Being a satellite club of Brentford (England) doesn’t mean they don’t have the same owner and player exchanges, but at most one player a season goes to Brentford. Last season, goalkeeper Jonas Rössl was loaned to Brentford, but lost out to David Raya and headed back to Midtjylland.
The club’s owner, Matthew Bentham, recently announced that the two clubs will be run independently of each other, making player transfers even more difficult. Getting to the big leagues through the minor leagues also means looking at teams. It’s up to Cho Kyu-sung to decide whether he wants to start in a lesser league or wait and see what happens in the transfer market, which is open until the end of August.