By Patrick Akoto
TP Mazembe have completed the signing of Berekum Chelsea midfielder Gladson Awako for a confirmed Â $400,000 deal.Â
The 22-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the Congolese giants after passing a medical on Monday.
The former Ghana Under-20 star has already begun training with the Lubumbashi-based side.
The clubâ€™s Accra Representative Nana Oduro Sarfo, who led the negotiations has confirmed details have been sorted out.
â€œI have received everything and brought it to Ghana. I received cash and so they donâ€™t owe us,â€ Sarfo told Kumasi-based Fox FM
â€œThey paid $400,000 for his services and so we can confirm that the deal is officially concluded.
â€œThey were initiallyÂ reluctant Â because other clubs were prepared to take $150,000 for the services of their players.
â€œBut we are a professional club with strong bargaining power and so we concluded on the said amount.â€
The potential of the exciting former Heart of Lions pocket size midfielder has never been in doubt since he emerged on the local scene and his departure will be a massive blow to Chelsea fans.
He was a member of the Ghanaâ€™s Under-20 team that clinched Africaâ€™s first ever gold medal at the 2009 World Youth Championship held in Egypt.