The whole sorry affair involving the transfer of young Danish striker Andreas Cornelius from FC Copenhagen to Cardiff City in 2013 was blundersome, to the degree that Cardiff later reported to have lost over £8.5m in the deal.
He lasted just 11 games and six months in the Principality, before Cardiff packaged him back to his former club for a fee of around £3 million – the Bluebirds taking a half-year hit of £5.5 million just on the transfer fee alone.
11 games, no goals and six months and the 6ft 4in Danish international was back in his home country, with his first side and, if truth be told, he has made a really decent stab at this second bite of the cherry so-to-speak.
His history means little at the present, it is the now that is important for the 24-year-old, who reports in his native Denmark say is on the verge of a move to Serie A with fifth-placed Atalanta said to be his destination.
Danish publication BT said that Cornelius, rather than training today, was “in Italy to look at conditions in Atalanta, [who are]ready with a contract.” However, that is not the news that will be of interest to Cardiff City fans, that interest lies in something else that BT said later in their article.
What will be of interest to Cardiff fans is that BT report that the club could be in for a windfall on the transfer fee, which BT sources say is around the €4 million (around £3.35 million). The Danish publication says that of this fee for Cornelius’ transfer from FC Copenhagen, “a large proportion should be sent on to Cardiff.”
So, three-and-a-half years after proving a flop at Cardiff City, the Bluebirds look as though they may be getting something of worth, finally, back from Andreas Cornelius at last.