Spain’s Atletico Madrid is serious about signing Lee Kang-in (22, Mallorca). It seems to be looking at it as an important 먹튀검증 card to strengthen the offensive line.
Football España said on the 29th (Korean time), “Atletico has already recruited Memphis Depay from Barcelona, but they want to add another striker to the squad at the end of the January transfer market.”
Atlético sent two strikers away this winter through the transfer window: Matheus Cunha (Wolverhampton) and João Felix (Chelsea). I brought Defi, but I can’t see that the attack options are enough.
Considering the team’s performance, it is a situation where there must be a more reliable reinforcement of power. Currently, Atlético is in 4th place in the league with a record of 9 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses (31 points). However, the points of 5th place Villarreal (31 points) and 6th place Real Betis (31 points) are also the same. They are in a bloody competition for rankings. It seems that they are trying to recruit Lee Kang-in to gain an edge in this fight.
However, Lee Kang-in’s team, Mallorca, is desperately blocking the transfer. It has set a policy not to sell below 17 million euros (approximately 23 billion won) of Lee Kang-in’s buyout clause. Here, EPL teams such as Newcastle, Aston Villa, Brighton and Hove Albion are also sending love calls. The winter transfer window will be closed soon. In order for Atletico to dramatically recruit Lee Kang-in, a quick and bold decision is needed.
Even if it fails to recruit Lee Kang-in in the January transfer market, Atletico’s attempts to recruit him are expected to continue. Reporter Matteo Moreto from Spanish media Relevo predicted that Mallorca would not sell Kang-in Lee this winter, but Atletico would maintain interest this summer.
That would be the case, but Atletico needs an offensive resource that will lead the team not only this season but also in the future. Even if Portuguese striker Felix returns after completing his loan period, it is unclear whether he will remain at Atletico. His situation was not so good that there were rumors of a disagreement with team manager Diego Simeone even right before his loan transfer. Earlier, local media predicted that Felix would be completely transferred if Atletico received a satisfactory transfer fee.
Felix is one of the most expensive strikers in the world and is a world class player. At the time of his transfer to Atletico in 2019, he recorded a transfer fee of 113 million pounds (approximately 173 billion won). He was also called ‘the second Ronaldo’ in the Portuguese national team and was expected. However, he was pushed out of the main competition due to his extreme sluggishness this season. If Lee Kang-in wears an Atletico uniform, he will most likely fill this spot.