Danish striker Andreas Cornelius was signed by Cardiff City from FC Copenhagen for a sum of £8.5 million in 2013, returning home seven months later without a goal to his name and costing Cardiff City all of that amount, and more.
Malkay Mackay’s transfer policies, the same ones that brought Cornelius to the Principality, were criticised afterwards, but by then the 6ft 4in striker was back in his native Denmark and with the club that gave him his first break – FC Copenhagen.
His career at Cardiff never really hit the rails for it to come off, appearing only 11 times for the Bluebirds, and getting only 254 minutes of game time for the Welsh side. Injury struck after just two games and the young Dane was shipped back to former club FC Copenhagen for just £3 million, according to Wales Online.
But it is his season’s displays this season that have caught the eye of potential suitors in Serie A side Atalanta BC. Cornelius has scored nine and assisted five goals in the Danish Superligaen as well as netting six times in the Champions League – five of these over six Champions League Qualification games.
Danish media outlet BT have said that, according to their sources, Cornelius was not training with the squad today, “but was rather in Italy to look at conditions in Atalanta, [who are]ready with a contract.”
Atalanta, who were last seen on these shores losing a pre-season friendly to Leeds United 2-1 at Elland Road, have had a surprising season and currently sit in fifth place in Serie A, a healthy proposition for an £8.5 million Cardiff misfit to be looking at.