Even if Lee Kang-in decides to advance to the English Premier League, it is expected that there will be various options.
On the 8th (Korean time), Spanish media Marca reported on Lee Kang-in’s transfer under the title “Lee Kang-in’s possibility of leaving Mallorca this winter”.
After moving to Mallorca in 2021, Lee Kang-in gained game experience by going back and forth between starting and replacing. He showed the expected form this season and established himself as the team’s undisputed starter, scoring 2 goals and 3 assists in 15 league games.
Based on his team’s performance, Lee Kang-in was also on the final list for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and attracted the attention of many European clubs by substituting and assisting in the second game of the group stage against Ghana.
Marca said, “Lee Kang-in has the option to leave Mallorca this winter. According to the information, the clubs that are most interested in Lee Kang-in are Newcastle, Aston Villa, Burnley and Feyenoord.”
“Mallorca has yet to receive any recruitment offers related to Lee Kang-in. However, in the match where Mallorca beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 last November, many EPL clubs dispatched scouts to look at Kang-in Lee.”
Not long ago, reporter Matteo Moretto of Spanish media ‘Lellevo’ also said, “There is a 90% chance that Lee Kang-in will leave Mallorca. He’s not yet at the stage to be clear, but he’s getting love calls from England and the Netherlands,” he said, revealing the possibility of a transfer.
Marca’s report is the first local report to come up with the name of a specific club after reporter Moreto mentioned at the time, “Aston Villa is one of the Premier League clubs interested in Lee Kang-in.”
According to Marka’s report, England is currently showing the most active intention to recruit Lee Kang-in. In particular, as various English clubs from Newcastle to Burnley are aiming for Lee Kang-in, it seems that Lee Kang-in will be able to choose according to the situation.
There were reports that Newcastle had already shown interest in Lee Kang-in during the last World Cup in Qatar and expressed their intention to pay 15 million pounds (approximately 24 billion won), known as a buyout. 스포츠토토
Newcastle, which is in third place in the Premier League in the 2022/23 season with 9 wins, 8 draws and 1 loss, is likely to advance to the UEFA Champions League next season if it maintains its performance until the end of the season. If you join Newcastle, a team on the rise, and play an active role, it is an opportunity for Lee Kang-in to experience the Champions League and Premier League at the same time.
Aston Villa is a mid-table Premier League team, but they have a Spanish captain named Unai Emery. Coach Emery had a glorious era by leading the team to win the UEFA Europa League (UEL) during the Primera Liga days of Sevilla and Villarreal.
Emery, who was manager of Villarreal until last season, will have a good understanding of Lee Kang-in, who is active in Spain, and is expected to have specific plans for how to utilize Lee Kang-in.
Burnley, which is in first place in the English 2nd division championship, is also not a bad option for Lee Kang-in. Burnley, who are likely to be promoted to the Premier League next season, desperately need reinforcements and new faces to compete with other Premier League teams. If Lee Kang-in manages to stay at Burnley based on his excellent skills, he will be guaranteed a spot as the starting pitcher.
On the other hand, Marka is known to have not conducted direct recruitment offers or specific negotiations for Lee Kang-in until now, at the beginning of the winter transfer market, but it is known that interest itself is certain.
Marca said, “Scouts from the actual EPL clubs visited the stadium where Mallorca and Atletico Madrid played face-to-face in November last year and observed Lee Kang-in.”
Many soccer fans are expected to pay attention to what choice Lee Kang-in will make this winter, who will be thinking about various options when entering the Premier League.