After completing his transfer to French top-flight side Lyon from second-tier side Le Havre AC, Tino Kadewere became the most expensive player in the country, for a reported € 15 million contract.
HAC announced Wednesday that the two teams agreed on terms but will be loaned back to Kadewere until the end of the season.
The Warriors star is expected to finish medicines before official unveiling today.
With that move, Kadewere becomes Zimbabwe’s most expensive player to surpass Aston Villa’s Marvelous Nakamba.
Nakamba joined Club Brugge, Belgium’s English Premier League team Villa for a fee worth about € 12 million.
Following his exploits at HAC, Kadewere’s market value rose significantly–where he scored 18 goals in 20 matches.
Interests from other clubs across Europe, including the English Premiership, then delayed the conclusion of the move until Wednesday’s announcement.
Kadewere is currently the leading scorer in the Domino Ligue 2.
Some of the Zimbabwean footballers who held the most expensive footballer record before Kadewere and Nakamba are former Warriors captain Benjani Mwaruwari, Peter Ndlovu and Knowledge Musona.
Benjani joined Manchester City, from Portsmouth on February 5, 2008, on a £3.87 million two-and-a-half-year deal – equivalent to €4,5 million.
The deal had a clause that the transfer fee was set to rise to £7.6 million – about €8,6 million – in the event the Zimbabwean made 75 senior starts for City, which he failed.
Peter Ndlovu, the first on-field Zimbabwean player to play in England, made history back in 1997 when he joined Birmingham City from Coventry for £1,6 million (about €2,25 million).
Warriors captain Knowledge Musona is fourth on list after his move to TSG Hoffenheim in Bundesliga from Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa cost €1, 50 million.
January 22, 2020, Le Havre AC (France) to Lyon (France) €15 million
August 1, 2019, Club Brugge (Belgium) to Aston Villa (England) €12 million
February 5, 2008, Portsmouth (England) to Manchester City (England) €4,5 million
July 1997 Coventry City (England) to Birmingham City (England) €2,25 million
July 2011 Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) to TSG Hoffenheim (Germany) €1,50 million
December 2014 HSG Hoffenheim (Germany) to KV Oostende (Belgium) undisclosed fee
May 2018 KV Oostende (Belgium) to Anderlecht (Belgium) undisclosed fee
August 2013 Ajax Cape Town (South Africa) to Mamelodi Sundowns FC (South Africa) €690 000
January 1, 2018, Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) to Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) Free transfer