The French are also keeping a close eye on Lee Kang-in, who is on the verge of a move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
Lee Kang-in’s move to PSG has been in the news recently. At first, Atletico Madrid were the most heavily linked. According to Spanish outlet Relevo, Atletico had been interested in Lee since January and tried to convince Mallorca with a €12 million deal that included their winger Rodrigo Riquelme. However, Mallorca wanted more than 20 million euros ($27.5 billion) in cash, and negotiations stalled.
In the meantime, PSG has entered the race for Lee. On March 12 (KST), Juanmi Sanchez, a reporter for Spanish outlet Marca, said, “PSG is the latest team to enter the race for Lee Kang-in. Director Luis Campos has been waiting for Lee this season,” and raised the speculation of PSG signing Lee.
Then, the PSG transfer rumors took a dramatic turn. PSG outbid Atletico and convinced Mallorca to sign Lee. On the 13th, France’s RMC Sport reported that “PSG offered 22 million euros (about 303 billion won) for Lee Kang-in”. This was more than the 20 million euros (approximately 27.5 billion won) that Mallorca wanted, so Mallorca accepted.
It was also reported that Lee Kang-in had completed his medical tests. “Lee has already passed the PSG medical in Paris earlier this week,” said Loic Tanji of France’s L’Equipe on the 13th.
Mallorca’s top official, Juanmi Sanchez, and France’s Loic Tansey confirmed Lee’s move to PSG, and the transfer market’s top official, Fabrizio Romano, said it was “only a matter of time” before Lee’s move. “PSG have reached a verbal agreement with Lee Kang-in on a long-term contract,” Romano wrote on social media on Thursday. The medical has already been completed and the final details have been organized between the parties. He will join PSG very soon.”
The signing of Lee signals a generational shift at PSG. The club has lost Lionel Messi, and Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have been linked with departures this summer. In the meantime, the club is looking to take another leap forward with a new crop of young players. Manuel Ugarte, Marco Asensio, and Lee Kang-in symbolize the new era at PSG.
Meanwhile, the impending arrival of Lee Kang-in has been the center of attention locally. French media outlet L’Equipe’s TV show “L’Equipe des Grecs” hosted a segment on Lee’s past. The show introduced Lee Kang-in’s past appearance on ‘Fly, Shoot, Doll’ and said, “Lee Kang-in used to play soccer with other kids on the Korean TV show ‘Fly, Shoot, Doll’. He won the show and got the chance to film in Manchester with Korean icon Park Ji-Sung.” 안전놀이터
“Lee grew up in the Valencia Academy and made his professional debut in January 2019 at the age of 18. In the summer of 2019, he played in the U-20 World Cup in Poland, scoring two goals and providing four assists to lead South Korea to the final. He was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.” The French are also looking forward to seeing what Lee can do.