‘Golden Boy’ Lee Kang-in (Mallorca) is expected to leave Mallorca this summer.
Spain’s Estadio Deportivo said on the 19th (Korean time), 메이저사이트‘Lee Kang-in has a buyout amount. Many clubs are looking for the deal of the century’. “It is almost impossible for Mallorca to retain Lee Kang-in,” he said. Prior to this, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reported on his SNS that “Lee Kang-in is expected to leave Mallorca in the summer.” Reporter Juanmi Sanchez, who is in charge of Mallorca, also said, “Let’s enjoy the remaining 9 games of Lee Kang-in, who plays as a Mallorca player.” Mallorca has nine games left until the end of the season.
Lee Kang-in, wearing the 2021 Mallorca uniform through Valencia, Spain, is active as the team’s key midfielder this season. His unique technique and creativity are evaluated at the highest level even on the Spanish stage. His sharp left foot kick and ability to take off the pressure are enough to make viewers exclaim. Lee Kang-in has 3 goals and 5 assists this season. If Mallorca’s strikers had not missed numerous chances, they could have scored more attack points.
In the match against Celta Vigo on the 18th, his fantastic one-man show caught the world’s attention. Lee Kang-in, who played full-time as a starter, received the highest rating of 9.1 for his fantastic free-kick and free-kick skills. He was also selected for MOM (Man of the Match). Kang-in Lee made a total of 64 ball touches that day, with 3 accurate crosses, 7 passes in the final third, 9 successful dribbles (most by both teams), 4 chances created (most by both teams), and 2 shots. In the 14th minute of the first half, after stripping two players off the left flank with a dribble, the scene where he stabbed Ndiaye in the front with an exquisite through pass was outstanding. Ndiaye’s shot went wide of the post. He was successful on 12 of 20 ground dueling attempts, and 3 on 3 aerial duels attempts. He was active enough to record 9 ball recoveries, 3 fouls and 2 foul gains. It received a rating of 8.7 points based on the statistics company ‘Potmob’.
In particular, according to Opta, a media specializing in football records and statistics, Lee Kang-in’s successful 9 dribbles against Celta Vigo are the first (in the history of the club) since Gonzalo Castro recorded the same record against Osasuna in 2009. Spanish media Ars evaluated the players who participated in the match between Mallorca and Celta Vigo, and about Lee Kang-in, “He exists everywhere. He is the center and owner of Mallorca’s play. He plays, fights, dodges, runs, attacks and defends. ” he praised. He was also selected as the ‘Team of the Week’ in La Liga and Europe’s top five leagues.
According to ‘Transfer Markt’, a European football transfer site, the value of Lee Kang-in, which fell to 6 million euros (about 8.5 billion won) last summer, rose to 15 million euros (about 21.4 billion won). Lee Kang-in has a contract with Mallorca until 2025. One thing to note is the buyout. His latest buyout amount was reported to be 18 million euros. Considering the recent ransom inflation in the European market, it can be evaluated at a low level.
As is known, Lee Kang-in promoted the transfer from last winter. Lee Kang-in also strongly wanted to transfer, but objected, saying that Mallorca could not sell the core of the team’s power. In the end, Lee Kang-in stayed in Mallorca. While Aston Villa, Newcastle, and Brighton in the English Premier League are reported to have attempted to recruit Lee Kang-in, it has recently been reported that Atletico Madrid, one of the three leaders of La Liga, made a direct offer.
Estadio Deportivo said, ‘Lee Kang-in is one of the players that attracts the most attention this summer. He is at a very high level and he is young. He doesn’t have a high buyout so he’s not a big burden,’ he said. At the same time, the next expected destination was even mentioned. Estadio Deportivo said, ‘There is a team that has already communicated its intention to pay Lee Kang-in’s buyout. That team is Aston Villa. They will pay 18 million euros for Lee Kang-in’s recruitment,’ he said.
Coincidentally, Lee Kang-in’s agent Javier Garrido recently visited Aston Villa. On the 13th, Garrido reported on his SNS that he had visited Man City and Aston Villa clubs. He posted a picture of the Etihad Stadium, home of Man City, and Villa Park, home of Villa. The day before, he posted a picture with ‘UK-ENGLAND’ written on it. Fans who saw the red-brick building immediately recognized that it was Manchester. On the 12th, reporter Mateo Moreto of Relevo, Spain, said, ‘Lee Kang-in and Abde Ezalzuli’s agents are currently in England. Transfer negotiations may proceed within the next few days.”
The British ‘Birmingham Mail’, which mainly deals with Aston Villa news, also mentioned Lee Kang-in. The Birmingham Mail said: ‘Aston Villa have their best chance of qualifying for European competition since 2010. The club’s recruitment department is preparing for the busy summer transfer window. The summer transfer market policy depends on whether the club advances to European competition,’ he said. ‘Manager Unai Emery is eager to recruit targets to add more quality and experience to the team. Nico Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Lee Kang-in (Mallorca), Pedro Gonsalves (Sporting), and Matteo Guendouzi (Olympique Marseille) were candidates.