Danish goal machine Pernille Harder makes blockbuster move to Chelsea
Danish wonder Pernille Harder has completed her blockbuster move to Chelsea, only days after her former team Wolfsburg lost the UEFA Women’s Champions League final to Lyon. The goal-scoring machine signed a three-year deal after the club paid a fee in excess of £250,000 for her transfer rights.
The 27-year-old is leaving the German side after nearly four years, having won four Bundesliga titles and four German cups while being every bit of the scoring machine she’s been known to be — netting 103 goals in 111 games.
Pernille Harder played her last game for Wolfsburg on Sunday’s final, but fell a step short of the European treble, as Lyon continued its dominance with a fifth consecutive title — cementing the French side as one of the all-time best in the competition.
Harder scored 27 goals this past season, all of which can be seen in the video below:
Pernille Harder is now joining a star-studded club, fresh off a 2-0 Community Shield win over Manchester City to start the 2020-21 season. In an abundance of riches, Harder will line up next to Australian forward Samantha Kerr, Bethany England, Ji So-Yun, and Guro Reiten in an uber-talented starting XI.
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“I’m extremely happy and extremely excited to get started, to finally be here and be a Chelsea player. I couldn’t be more happy,” said Harder upon her signing. “I’m excited to just play for such a big club, to play with so many amazing players and to also be playing in the league. The English league, it’s so exciting at the moment and I’m really looking forward to it.”
The motive for this blockbuster move is simple for both sides — that elusive European title. Harder tasted her second defeat in the past three years at the final stage while The Blues have gotten to the semifinals twice in the past two years, losing to Harder’s Wolfsburg in three of the past four years, including in the semifinals in 2018.
Pernille Harder’s move to Chelsea has been rumored for some time, as her longtime partner Magdalena Eriksson captains the English side. Both women had played together at Linkopings in Sweden and planned to reunite in the future.
“Pernille is one of the best players in the world,” said Chelsea’s manager, Emma Hayes. “Her record at Wolfsburg and Linkopings, as well as internationally with Denmark, shows how valuable she has been to her teams.
“She is a fantastic team player who wants to take her game to the next level. She chose Chelsea as the club that can push her to that level. She can play for any team in the world, but she chose us. She chose the players, the staff, the environment, the playing style. You can’t get a bigger compliment than that from one of the best players in the world.”
Needless to say, adding Pernille Harder to an already-sound Chelsea squad is doing more than adding some scoring punch, but a world-class haymaker of unique qualities that can make that long-elusive Champions League title not a dream but a palpable reality.