New Chelsea Ladies striker Fran Kirby has revealed that she doesn’t know how much the club paid for her signature.
The 22-year old signed from WSL2 side Reading after a hugely impressive showing at the recent Women’s World Cup, where she scored in her first start. She was the only WSL2 player to be picked for Mark Sampson’s side, who finished third overall.
Reports said that Kirby’s transfer cost a record fee, a rumour which Chelsea deny. The fee was rumoured to be in the region of £40,000-£60,000.
But Kirby, who could make her Blues debut against Sunderland on Saturday, says that the fee means little to her:
“Whether it was a record fee, I don’t know,” she told BBC London. “I don’t know any of the figures.”
“I’m not here to worry about the money. There is some pressure, but that comes with playing for a top side. I’ve just got to make sure I’m playing well.”
Kirby’s comments come as Raheem Sterling sealed a £49 million move to Manchester City, making the 20-year old the most expensive English player ever.
When asked whether she believed women’s transfers would ever reach the same level of money, Kirby added:
“For the women’s game, I wouldn’t like to see that kind of money being splashed around, because I think it would change the game too much.
“But I think there are ways that it can develop and there is a lot more funding that can go into it.
“If you look at some clubs which aren’t professional at the moment, they’ve got some players who are on £25 a week.
“How are you supposed to improve a player when they’re travelling three hours a night to try to get to training and they’re only getting £25 a week?
“But that’s something the clubs need to work out and that’s where comparing it to the men’s game is so difficult, because there’s so much money in the men’s game.”