Aiwu fix to Cremonese!  The background to the deal

Aiwu fix to Cremonese! The background to the deal

Austria has a new legionnaire in Serie A! Emanuel Aiwu joins US Cremonese from SK Rapid. The deal is finally done.

The 21-year-old traveled to Cremona with his mother and his girlfriend on Wednesday evening – the city with 72,000 inhabitants is located in Lombardy between Milan and Bologna.

The defensive all-rounder successfully completed his medical check on Thursday, and on Friday morning he finally signed the four-year contract with the club, which is playing in Serie A again for the first time since the 1995/96 season.

The youngster is happy: “The opportunity to present myself with Cremonese in Serie A is a great thing and a great opportunity.”

Only five Rapidler brought more transfer fee

The transfer is good business for Rapid. The Hütteldorfer collect 3.5 million euros transfer fee, should Cremonese manage to stay up in the league, another 600,000 euros will be added. Should the latter occur, only Max Wöber (Ajax, 8.1 million), Robert Beric (St. Etienne, 7.5), Erwin Hoffer (Napoli, 5), Nikica Jelavic (Rangers, 4.9) and Mert Müldür would have (Sassuolo, 4.7) flushed higher fees into the SCR coffers.

A year ago, Hütteldorfer paid 600,000 euros to Admira. Within 38 competitive games in the Rapid jersey (2 goals, 2 assists), Aiwu has increased its market value almost sevenfold. However, Admira negotiated a resale participation a year ago, so it earns money from Aiwu’s transfer to Italy.

Rapid sports director Zoran Barisic: “Emanuel Aiwu took another step forward last season and absolutely fulfilled the high expectations we had of him. The departure of a good player always hurts a bit, but we can We can also be proud that, after Mert Müldür and Maximilian Ullmann, the third Rapid player has made it into Serie A within a relatively short period of time.”

Aiwu explains: “I’m grateful that it worked out and of course I’m happy about the change, after all it’s in an absolute top league! Communication with Rapid was always very open, the discussions honest and constructive. I’m grateful for everything what I was able to experience at and with Rapid. I was welcomed very well, the backing and support of the fans was a fantastic experience. It was a very intensive and instructive year with many very nice emotions.”

Right in the chain of three

Aiwu has long been a dream player for Cremonese. Coach Massimiliano Alvini plans the 13-time U21 team player on the right position in the three-man defense. In order for the native of Innsbruck to understand the coach, who came from Perugia in the summer, he started immediately with an Italian course. His knowledge of Spanish should help the defender to learn the new language.

Even the short time in the hotel in Cremona is already over. Aiwu is moving into a 60 square meter apartment for the time being, will not travel to Vienna again immediately, has already brought the most important things with him to his new home.

In the top 3 most expensive purchases

At his new club, the neo-legionnaire climbs into the top 3 transfers in history. The “Grigiorossi” have never paid transfers like this summer. Nigerian striker David Okereke returned from Bruges for 10 million, Switzerland’s Charles Pickel from Portugal for 3.8 million from Famalicao, Italian Giacomo Quagliata returned home from Heracles Almelo for 2 million.

The experienced Romanian Vlad Chiriches was brought in from Sassuolo for central defence, while the young Mexican Johan Vasquez was loaned from Genoa CFC. And captain Matteo Bianchetti is also a man for the defensive headquarters.

A steel entrepreneur brought Cremonese into Serie A

Cremonese enter the new Serie A season as underdogs. Unlike most clubs from Italy’s top flight these days, the club is in the hands of a local owner. Giovanni Arvedi, family head of a steel dynasty based in Cremona, took over the club in 2007 in Serie C1 and led it back to the top class.

Aiwu reports: “The people in charge at Cremonese have been trying really hard for me for a long time and have given me a great impression in personal conversations. They really wanted me and have high expectations, even though it is clear that it will be a challenging season. The Relegation must be the minimum goal, maybe more is possible, we’ll see.”

While the home game in the Coppa Italia against Ternana on Monday is still too early for Aiwu, who will also wear shirt number 4 at Cremonese, a commitment to start the championship at Fiorentina a week later is not unlikely.

In addition to Aiwu, two other ÖFB legionnaires are currently under contract in Serie A, Marko Arnautovic (Bologna) and Valentino Lazaro (Torino).

Source: Laola1

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