Cardiff City defender/midfielder Gary Medel has been linked with a move to Inter Milan for several weeks. The Chilean international made comments earlier this month that led many to believe that his days at the Welsh side were numbered.
“I remain a player of Cardiff, but now doors are open to play elsewhere and I hope that happens,” Medel was quoted by the Chilean press. “Nothing has been said yet but I am wanted in Italy and that is a good possibility.”
Negotiations between Cardiff City and Inter Milan have dragged on since then, and now the Championship side has told the Serie A club that it’s time to “pay up” or leave the negotiation table.
Speculation in Italy is that Inter have offered only a loan deal worth £1 million, plus an option to buy for a further £7 million.
Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman values the 26-year-old midfielder at £10 million and is not willing to accept any offers less than that.
“We are not going to take a loss on a player who was a World Cup star in Brazil,” the chairman stated. “We have made it clear what our price is and that won’t change.”
He went on to say, “We will do the right thing for Cardiff City and the player. Our position has not changed. There are clubs interested in him, but we have not reached agreement with anybody so far.”
The chairman closed with: “We will not take a loss on a player who did so well for Chile in Brazil.”
Inter were hoping to capitalize on Medel’s eagerness to leave the Welsh club after it was relegated to the Championship at the end of last season.
But Cardiff City bought Medel from Sevilla for £11m and currently have other suitors who are willing to meet the clubs valuation of the midfielder; Galatasaray and an unnamed German club are reportedly willing to meet Cardiff’s demands.
The Welsh club have made every attempt to appease Medel and grant his wish of joining the Italian side. But their patience with Inter Milan has clearly run out.
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