Striker Oh Hyeon-gyu (Suwon Samsung) will challenge the European stage. Celtic, a prestigious Scottish club, succeeded in recruiting only after raising the transfer fee three times more than the amount originally offered.
An official from Suwon said on the 25th, “We have completed all agreements with Celtic. As the announcement is pending, we plan to make an official announcement later this afternoon considering the time difference.” Oh Hyun-kyu moved to Glasgow, Scotland during the Lunar New Year holiday and completed all procedures including medical tests.
Celtic’s direct interest in Oh Hyun-gyu began last September. His performance in the K League 1, where he recorded 13 goals and 3 assists last year, led to his love call. He enlisted as Sangju Sangmu in 2020, and his military service issues have also been resolved. Coach Paulo Bento also invited Oh Hyun-kyu to the Korean men’s soccer team in November last year to examine his skills. He did not make the final roster for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but trained together in Qatar as a reserve member.
The initial transfer fee Celtic offered to Suwon was 1 million euros (approximately 1.3 billion won). However, even after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Suwon’s position was adamant. This is because Oh Hyun-kyu, the team’s highest scorer, could not be sent out in a situation where the performance was not good, such as last season’s promotion playoffs. 메이저놀이터
Celtic actively wanted Oh Hyeon-kyu by raising the transfer fee, and in the end, it reached a level that Suwon could not refuse. In the end, they agreed on a transfer fee that soared to 3 million euros (about 4 billion won). 3 times higher than the initial offer. Oh Hyun-kyu’s annual salary is also known to increase by more than 10 times. Celtic searched for various players to recruit strikers, and once showed interest in World Cup star Cho Kyu-seong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), but it was not successful. In the end, he persuaded the player and the Suwon club by further raising the transfer fee for Oh Hyun-kyu, who had previously attempted to recruit him.
In a recent K-League photo exhibition, Oh Hyun-gyu, who expressed his desire to take on the challenge because he received an offer from a prestigious club (Celtic), has realized his dream of advancing to Europe. An official from Suwon also explained, “Once he reached a certain level, he could not force the player to sacrifice.”
Suwon had been looking for a replacement for Oh Hyun-gyu’s transfer for over a week ago. In this regard, an official said, “We cannot disclose it yet, but securing a replacement is proceeding smoothly.”