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Midfielder becomes 2nd most expensive S. Korean footballer with move to China

All Headlines 09:23 January 02, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Yonhap) -- Midfielder Kwon Kyung-won has become the second most expensive South Korean footballer after signing with a Chinese club.

According to Chinese media on Monday, Kwon has completed his move from Al Ahli of the United Arab Emirates to Tianjin Quanjian in the Chinese Super League with a transfer fee of US$11 million. That's the second-highest transfer fee for a South Korean footballer behind Son Heung-min, who left Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 for Tottenham Hotspur in a deal reportedly worth 30 million euros (US$31.58 million).

Chinese news outlets said Kwon signed a five-year deal with the newly promoted outfit Tianjin. He will make $3 million in annual salary.

Kwon, 24, made his pro debut with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in 2013 and moved to Al Ahli two years later with a transfer fee of $3 million.

Kwon is a hard-working defensive midfielder, but can also play as center back and full back. He left a big impression by scoring the winning goal against Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia in the second leg of the 2015 Asian Football Confederation Champions League semifinals.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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