‘Large center back’ Kim Ji-soo (19, Seongnam FC) goes to the English Premier League (EPL). He was issued a work permit (work permit).
Kim Ji-soo received an official offer from EPL member Brentford last month. Brentford is known to have proposed a buyout ($700,000) and a cell-on clause to recruit Kim Ji-soo. The Seongnam club also admitted, “It is true that Kim Ji-soo has been offered.스포츠토토
The variable was a work permit. Kim Ji-soo has no experience with the A national team. The dominant evaluation for him was that it may not be easy to obtain a work permit. Some said that Kim Ji-soo could go on loan to the Danish league or the Portuguese second division due to work permit issues.
The airflow has changed. On the 9th, multiple officials familiar with the K-League situation hinted, “It seems that Kim Ji-soo has solved the work permit problem. It is in the final stage of issuance.” On the 13th, Seongnam CEO Kim Young-ha told Sports Chosun, “A lawyer is currently reviewing documents regarding Kim Ji-soo’s transfer. It will be finished this week at the earliest or next week at the latest. It will be another history.” Seongnam coach Lee Ki-hyeong also said, “When Kim Ji-soo returns from the U-20 national team, I will see the owner. He will go to Brentford.” It was implied that virtually all preparations were completed, including the work permit issue.
In addition, the owner of the Seongnam club, Seongnam Mayor Shin Sang-jin, actually confirmed and killed him by launching an ‘official’ through his personal SNS (social network service). The new owner said, “Kim Ji-soo, a native of Poongsaeng High School, made a splendid feat of advancing to the semifinals of the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup and visited Seongnam Mayor as soon as he returned from Argentina today. I am leaving the country to transfer to the Brentford club to which I belong.”
Kim Ji-soo’s work permit issuance seems to be the result of Korean soccer’s efforts. A fourth official said, “To issue Kim Ji-soo’s work permit, Chung Mong-gyu, president of the Korea Football Association, and Kwon Oh-gap, president of the Korea Professional Football Federation, sent letters of recommendation.” Former A national team coach Paulo Bento is known to have highly evaluated Kim Ji-soo. In addition, the UK government’s work permit policy has recently changed. It is interpreted that Kim Ji-soo corresponds to that case.
Kim Ji-soo is considered the present and future of Korean football. He hit his professional stage as a high school student last year. As the first semi-professional player in Seongnam, he participated in ‘Hana One Q K League 1 2022’ 19 games. Former Jeonbuk Hyundai manager Kim Sang-sik, who led the ‘Team K-League’ in the All-Star Game last summer, praised Kim Ji-soo, saying, “Kim Min-jae (Napoli) comes to mind.”
Kim Ji-soo received attention from European clubs early on. In the winter transfer market last January, Bayern Munich, a prestigious German club, delivered a letter of intent to recruit players to the Seongnam club. However, at the time, the door to the transfer market was closed in the process of exchanging documents. In this situation, interest in Kim Ji-soo became even hotter. Multiple officials said, “Bayern Munich’s interest in Kim Ji-soo seems valid. In addition, I understand that some clubs belonging to the German Bundesliga and Portugal’s Sporting are also interested.”
Kim Ji-soo showed off her talent to the world through the U-20 World Cup, which recently ended in Argentina. He played the ground as the main center back of ‘Kim Eun-joong’. He made a big success by tying his soccer sense to his overwhelming physical height of 1m92-84kg. He started all games and took the lead in Korea’s semifinal legend.
Kim Ji-soo, who entered through Incheon International Airport on the 14th, takes on a new challenge. If Kim Ji-soo joins Brentford, it will be the first time for a Korean teenager to go straight to the K-League 2 (second division) stage. Brentford, from London, England, ranked 9th in the EPL in the 2022-2023 season with a record of 15 wins, 14 draws and 9 losses (59 points).