Free recruitment → sale for 26 billion won “Lee Kang-in transfer, transaction of the century”… Mallorca transfer fee can be the second highest ever

Lee Kang-in seems highly likely to leave Mallorca this summer.

Spain’s ‘Estadio Deportivo’ said on the 19th (Korean time), 안전놀이터“Aston Villa is aiming to sign Lee Kang-in this summer. If they pay the buyout amount in Lee Kang-in’s contract, Mallorca will bring it for free and 18 million euros (approximately 26.2 billion won) We can achieve the transfer of the century earning a profit of 100,000 won.” 

Lee Kang-in joined Mallorca ahead of last season. Growing up at the Valencia youth academy, he set a new record as the youngest foreign debutant in Valencia. Also in 2019, he participated in the U-20 World Cup as a member of the Republic of Korea under-20 football team and won the Golden Ball (Best Player), earning his expectations. 

However, it has not been easy for him to establish his place in Valencia. He struggled more than anything to get his chance to play. In the end, Lee Kang-in decided to take on a new challenge. He joined Mallorca as a free agent (FA) without renewing his contract with Valencia. In his first season, Lee Kang-in played in 30 Spanish La Liga games (15 starts, 15 substitutes) and had a period of adaptation. 

He has developed into a key player this season under the trust of coach Javier Aguire. To date, he has appeared in 28 league games (26 starts, 2 substitutes), scoring 3 goals and 4 assists. As his playing time has increased significantly, Lee Kang-in’s true value is being displayed naturally. Lee Kang-in leads Mallorca’s attack with Bedat Muriki, who is recording 12 goals and 2 assists in the league. 

Due to its outstanding performance, its market value also increased. According to ‘Transfer Markt’, a football statistics media, Lee Kang-in’s current ransom is evaluated at 15 million euros (approximately 21.8 billion won). It was 6 million euros (about 8.7 billion won) in the early days of Mallorca, and since then it has doubled to 12 million euros (about 17.5 billion won). And it has risen slightly recently. 

Transfer rumors have also occurred. In January, he was linked with Atletico Madrid. However, the transfer did not take place at this time due to opposition from the club. At the same time, the news that Lee Kang-in’s buyout was 30 million euros (approximately 43.6 billion won) was conveyed. However, it is now known that 18 million euros is the real buyout amount. 

If he transfers for 18 million euros, Lee Kang-in could rise to the second highest transfer fee income in Mallorca’s history. According to the football statistics media ‘Transfermarkt’, the current number one is Samuel Eto’o, who left for Barcelona in the 2004-05 season, and brought 27 million euros (approximately 39.3 billion won) to Mallorca. Also in second place is Diego Tristan with 17.75 million euros (approximately 25.8 billion won).