Thursday, 8 July 2010

[Mercato] Kjaer leaves Palermo for Wolfsburg

Danish international centre-back Simon Kjaer has joined German outfit Wolfsburg from Palermo for a fee in the region of €10million.

The 21-year-old has agreed a four-year contract with the Bundesliga club after impressing for his country at the FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa.

Kjaer joined Palermo in summer 2008 after a breakthrough season at Midtjylland and went on to score five times in 62 Serie A games for the Sicilian club.


Denmark's talent of the year in 2009, he said: "The transfer gives me a chance to play at a top club.

"I believe that this is the right move for me. We have a strong team that can challenge at the top of the Bundesliga."

Capped 11 times by Denmark, Kjær is Wolfsburg's second high-profile defensive acquisition this summer with new coach Steve McClaren having also completed a move for Germany centre-back Arne Friedrich.

Meanwhile, Palermo have gone out to try and replace Kjaer by completing the signing of Polish international defender Kamil Glik from Piast Gliwice for an undisclosed fee.

Capped five times by Poland, the 22-year-old Glik has committed to the Sicilian outfit until summer 2015.

"I'm very happy to join Palermo, a prestigious club," he said. "I want to play all my cards here and maybe repeat the success of centre-back [Simon] Kjaer, who has made his name here at Palermo."

Source: UEFA

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