Chelsea pay ‘record’ for Harder

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport / Football - By Katie Why­att

Chelsea Women have signed Pernille Harder, the for­mer Uefa Player of the Year, on a three-year deal from Cham­pi­ons League run­ners-up Wolfs­burg.

The Ger­man club claim the move, re­vealed in Mon­day’s Daily Tele­graph, in­volved a “record trans­fer fee in women’s foot­ball”, un­der­stood to be £250,000 to £300,000.

The 27-year-old, seen as one of the best play­ers in Europe, was un­veiled by Chelsea yes­ter­day and will be avail­able for Sun­day’s sea­son-open­ing Bar­clays FA Women’s Su­per League match against Manch­ester United.

One of the most pro­lific for­wards in women’s foot­ball, Harder, who is a four-time Frauen Bun­desliga win­ner, scored 103 times in 113 matches at Wolfs­burg. She twice fin­ished as the Frauen Bun­desliga’s top scorer and was named as Ger­many’s Foot­baller of the Year for 2020. In Europe, she has scored 25 times in 28 Cham­pi­ons League games.

Ralf Keller­mann, Wolfs­burg Women’s sports di­rec­tor, said: “Tak­ing into ac­count the fact that we are talk­ing about a record trans­fer fee – Pernille would only have been tied to us for 10 months any­way – this is one, for ev­ery­one in­volved, ac­cept­able so­lu­tion.”

Harder, who can play in any for­ward po­si­tion or in an at­tack­ing-mid-field role, be­comes the lat­est big name to join the WSL, fol­low­ing the ar­rival of World Cup win­ners Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis to Manch­ester City and Jess Fishlock to Read­ing. Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood are also ex­pected to move to City fol­low­ing the ex­piry of their Lyon con­tracts on Aug 31.

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