SECOND HIGHEST TRANSFER FEE: Barbara Banda Deal To American Side, Orlando Pride, Pegged At $740, 000

SECOND HIGHEST TRANSFER FEE: Barbara Banda Deal To American Side, Orlando Pride, Pegged At $740, 000 – ESPN

The National Women’s Soccer League’s Orlando Pride signed Zambian forward Barbra Banda from Chinese Super League team Shanghai Shengli for a $740,000 transfer fee, sources familiar with the deal confirmed to ESPN.

The fee is the second highest in world soccer history behind Zambian teammate Racheal Kundananji, whose move to NWSL expansion team Bay FC set the global record last

Banda’s contract with the Pride is a four-year deal valued at around $2.1 million all-in, including bonuses, sources confirmed, which will make her one of the highest-paid players in the NWSL.

Shanghai will also maintain a sell-on clause to receive a percentage of the fee should Banda, 23, be transferred elsewhere in the future, a source said.

CBS Sports was first to report Banda’s move to Orlando.

Banda joins a growing wave of African players entering the NWSL, including her Zambian teammate, Kundananji. Nigeria forward Asisat Oshoala also recently transferred to Bay FC from FC Barcelona.

Her fee adds to the booming women’s soccer transfer market. FIFA said the January 2023 transfer window set a new record with $2.1 million in fees paid, a 165% increase from January 2023.

While many global transfer windows are closed until summer, the NWSL’s primary transfer window remains open until April 16. As with Kundananji, who Madrid CFF transferred to Bay FC for €735,000 (about $788,000 at the time, plus another $75,000 in possible add-ons), Banda’s transfer fee was driven by a lofty buyout clause in her Shanghai contract, a source familiar with the deal confirmed.

Orlando will incur an additional salary-cap hit to acquire Banda for spending beyond the NWSL’s new $500,000 net transfer threshold.


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