After 6 months of frustration, Lee Kang-in transfer ‘fast and furious’ as PSG step in…best answer found?

(Xinhua) – Lee Kang-in has been on the radar of several clubs since last winter, but the speed with which PSG decided to spend the transfer fee for the player has changed the game.

After a relatively disappointing season with Mallorca in the 2021/22 season, where he was used as a substitute, Lee has perfected his game and developed into a top-flight midfielder in La Liga in just two seasons.

In 36 appearances for Mallorca this season, Lee has become an integral part of the team’s attack, scoring six goals and providing six assists, and his impact on the game beyond the point of attack is such that the difference between his presence and absence is often felt.

As his performances continued throughout the season, he attracted interest from major clubs. Lee was linked with a move to Brighton, Atletico Madrid, and Aston Villa ahead of the winter transfer window.

At the time, there were reports that several clubs would pay a buyout for Lee and that Atletico had made an offer, but no direct negotiations took place and Lee’s winter transfer did not materialize.

In the six months since the winter transfer window, the clubs that have been interested in the player have not made any major decisions ahead of the summer transfer window.

Premier League clubs such as Aston Villa, Newcastle, and Tottenham have not been heard to make any concrete offers.

Atletico, in particular, reportedly made a €12 million ($16.4 billion) offer for Lee, including a loan, but that didn’t satisfy Mallorca.

Atletico subsequently held further talks, but negotiations cooled down as the club was unwilling to increase the transfer fee or hand over ownership of the prospect, according to Spanish media.

This is where PSG came into the picture. PSG, whose interest in Lee was first reported by Spanish and French media on the 13th, has already offered Mallorca a buyout-level transfer fee of 22 million euros (approx. KRW 304 billion) to move the negotiations forward once and for all.

According to French outlet L’Equipe, “PSG and Mallorca are close to agreeing a transfer deal for Lee Kang-in. Lee will sign a contract with PSG as 메이저사이트 soon as he returns from the South Korean national team. Lee will undergo a medical in Paris this week and has agreed to sign a contract with PSG until 2026 or 2027.” The news of PSG’s imminent signing of Lee is a huge coup compared to Atletico’s slow response and negotiations.

In the end, if it wasn’t for PSG’s decisive offer for a player who has developed into a top-flight La Liga midfielder, the deal could have stalled all summer.

Meanwhile, PSG have been linked with a move for Kylian Mbappe after this season, along with Lionel Messi and Neymar, so if he joins PSG this summer, he will likely be a key part of the club’s new project.

He’ll have an easy time fitting into the team’s project, as he’ll have a guaranteed first-team spot and the chance to play on the European stage at a club that spent a fortune on him.

It will be interesting to see if the determined PSG can finalize the deal and continue to challenge for European honors next season with Lee.