Along with Scottish Celtic, Germany’s Mainz, which was considered the most active club in recruiting Cho Kyu-seong (25, Jeonbuk Hyundai), embraced a tall French striker. It is interpreted that this winter, in fact, gave up interest in Cho Kyu-sung.

Mainz announced on the 25th (Korean time) that it had signed a contract with striker Ludovic Azorc (29), who plays for Ligue 1 Strasbourg in France. The contract period is until June 2026.

Mainz, which is in 12th place in the Bundesliga this season, has been eager to reinforce strikers throughout the winter. It was judged that the meager offensive power, which is in 15th place in the league with 20 goals in 16 games, acts as an obstacle to advancing to the top ranks. The player mentioned as a potential candidate was Cho Kyu-seong, who played a big role in the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

However, as many teams, including Celtic and Minnesota United (USA), participated in the scouting match for Cho Kyu-sung, the soaring transfer fee seems to have made Mainz give up.

Mainz has consistently acknowledged their interest in Cho Kyu-sung, but has maintained a transfer fee of around 3 million euros (approximately 4 billion won) as a marginal line. 슬롯사이트

Mainz general manager Christian Heidel said in an interview with German sports media Kicker on the 11th, “We like Cho Kyu-seong. Mainz won’t care anymore,” he said, embodied the guidelines at the club level.

According to local media reports such as Kicker and Sky Sports in the UK, Mainz offered Jeonbuk 2.5 million pounds (approximately 3.8 billion won) for the transfer fee of Cho Kyu-seong. But things changed dramatically when Celtic offered £3m. It seems that Mainz feels a financial burden as it far exceeds the expected transfer fee set internally.

In fact, according to Transfermarkt, the expected transfer fee for Cho Kyu-sung in November of last year, before the World Cup, was 1.4 million euros (approximately 1.9 billion won). However, in December, after the World Cup ended, the amount rose to 2.5 million euros (approximately 3.3 billion won).

As multiple clubs expressed interest in Cho Kyu-seong, who showed high decisiveness as a striker such as a multi-goal against Ghana, the rise in transfer fees accelerated.

Azorque, who was recruited by Mainz that day, is a 196 cm tall striker, and his power is fierce in aerial situations. He is regarded as a classic striker who exerts influence inside the penalty box. Starting with Angers in 2012, he played only in France.

He joined Strasbourg in 2018 and scored 51 goals in 151 appearances over five seasons. In the 2020-21 season, he ranked 4th in Ligue 1 in this category with 16 goals. Last season, he scored 12 goals and continued the good trend, and this season, he scored 1 goal in 13 regular league games.

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