Jhon Jader Durán is made official as a new player for Aston Villa in England
The Colombian forward will be present at the South American sub 20 tournament that will be played in Cali and Bogotá from January 19 to February 12
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Jhon Jáder Durán, Chicago Fire striker, was under the radar of Chelsea and Liverpool in England Image: Chicago Fire.< p class="paragraph">The Aston Villa of the English Premier League made the signing of Jhon Jader Durán officialfor the auction of the 2022-2023 season. The Colombian striker, trained in the Envigado FC youth academy, arrives from the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer from the United States, where he scored eight goals in 28 games during the regular season. The signing of the contract is subject to the completion of medical examinations.
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The Aston Villa is fondly remembered among soccer fans in Colombia as it is the club where the historic Juan Pablo Ángelhe triumphed in Europe during seven seasons, playing 205 games and scoring 70 goals. There he was champion of the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2001 . With Jhon Jader Durán there are two Colombian players who in the winter transfer window make the leap to one of the major leagues in Europe, the first was Devis Vásquez after signing with AC Milan of Italy.
The player will remain focused with the Colombia teamin Cali and the medical examinations will be carried out once the participation of the coffee growers in the South American sub-20 tournament ends. Aston Villa clarified that in order to sign the contract it is necessary to advance the visa procedures and personal agreements.
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Jhon Jader Durán's start as a professional was in 2019 from the hand of professor Alberto Suárez at Envigado FC. At just 15 years old, he made his debut on February 10, 2019 on the fourth date of the BetPlay League against Oil Alliance. His first goal was on September 1 of the same year against Águilas Doradas in a 3-3 tie. With the Antioqueños he played 49 games in three years and scored 10 goals.
His transfer to the Chicago Fire from States Unidos was given at the beginning of 2022 for a value of more than one million euros. Although his adaptation was not easy, after 28 games he scored eight goals and provided three assists . This earned him to be summoned by the Colombian team led by coach Néstor Lorenzo. The forward was present in the matches against Guatemala (4-1), against Mexico (3-2) and Paraguay (2-0) . Durán added a total of 70 minutes with the senior team.
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< p class="paragraph">His next challenge will be under the command of Héctor Cárdenas in the Colombia sub-20 team that will face the South American of the category, whose group stagewill take place in the city of Cali and the Final Phase in the city of Bogotá. The rivals in Group A will be Paraguay, Peru, Brazil and Argentina. There he will be the leader of the offensive zone, accompanied by Juan David Fuentes, from FC Barcelona, Alexis Manyoma Castillo and Ricardo Caraballo.
Although in September his value, according to the portal Transfermarkt was 2 million euros, his talent allowed him to rise, since his pass is valued at 6 million euros. At the time there was talk of a supposed interest from Chelsea and Liverpool, also from England. However, the person closest to signing the Colombian was Benfica from Portugal.
The media outlet Calciomercatto from Italy assured that O Glorioso made a first offer of 10 million euros, plus another 5 million in bonuses for the striker. For now, the value at which the transfer was closed with Aston Villa is unknown.