The 23-year-contract old's expires at the end of the current campaign, and United has so far been unable to extend it through the summer. According to reports, Russo might cost more than the estimated £350,000–400,000 sum Barcelona paid to Manchester City in September to acquire English midfielder Keira Walsh. When Barcelona Women's General Manager Markel Zubizarreta told Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo that the team spent under 350,000 euros (£310,000) for the midfielder without disclosing the precise sum, that figure was then called into doubt. Despite receiving a lot of attention both domestically and internationally, transfer numbers for games are rarely released. Russo, who has five goals this season in nine Women's Super League games for United, Having lost forwards Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema to ACL injuries, Jonas Eidevall, the manager of Arsenal, may find this to be the perfect remedy. United is now in first place in the WSL, tied with Chelsea for first place and points, while Arsenal is in third place with 25 points but has a game remaining. Russo contributed four goals to England's success at Euro 2022, including a standout back heel against Sweden in the semifinals that got her nominated for the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year. A world record deal for Russo would add to the significance of the WSL transfer window, which has already seen Bethany England go from Chelsea to Tottenham earlier this season for the largest amount ever paid between two WSL teams. Marc Skinner, the head coach of United, has previously expressed his support for women obtaining larger pay packages for their skill but has also expressed concern that record transfer costs may expand the gap between teams with and without finances. Whether you look at it positively or negatively, he said, "I think it's for the game and for the progress of the players, as well as for the infrastructure and the product for the spectators to watch. Yes, it will be advantageous, but there will undoubtedly be more expenses when that occurs. The teams who can afford it can expand; the clubs that can't will have to find another method, you know."
Arsenal Make World Record Bid For Manchester United's England Star Alessia Russo
March 28, 2023 |
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