Groningen have sold Jorgen Strand Larsen to Celta Vigo for a club record fee of around €11m.
After scoring 14 goals in 26 starts in the Eredivisie last season, Strand Larsen was targeted by many clubs this summer, with his club rejecting offers from Bologna and Middlesbrough.
Right at the end of the transfer window, they received an offer they couldn’t refuse from Celta Vigo, who bid €11m, and the move has now been announced.
“We have been very clear this window in our desire to keep Jørgen in Groningen on sporting grounds,” said Technical Director Mark-Jan Fledderus.
“In addition, for a long time there was no offer on the table against which we could say “yes”, which in that case would have to be the biggest transfer in the history of FC Groningen. That image did exist because of the reports that appeared in the media, but the amounts that were mentioned were not correct.
“It wasn’t until Celta became concrete in recent days that the bids came close to what we had in mind. That gained momentum on Tuesday evening and led to this transfer.
“When such amounts are put on the table, you have to weigh various interests very carefully. You have to deal with the sporting interests of the team, the position of the club – also on the European market – and the player.”
The previous record sale for Groningen was €10m, which was made when Marcus Berg left for Hamburg.