Atletico Madrid’s (ATM) pursuit of Lee Kang-in in the Spanish Primera Liga (La Liga) appears to be far from over.
After his breakout season with Mallorca last season, which saw him rise to the top of La Liga, ATM have been relentless in their pursuit of the South Korean international. They made their intentions known as early as last winter’s transfer window and were one of the most active teams in the summer transfer window.
Local media reported that world-renowned ATM coach Diego Simeone himself wanted Lee, and that ATM were the closest to signing him. However, ATM’s wish was not fulfilled. Lee chose Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
PSG attempted a “hijack”.
At the time, Spanish media outlets such as RELEVO reported that “PSG intercepted Lee Kang-in during negotiations with ATM. ATM had been trying to sign Lee for months. ATM was negotiating a transfer fee of 15 million euros ($21.4 billion) and one player, and was close to reaching an agreement. This is when PSG made a €22 million ($31.4 billion) offer. As soon as PSG made their offer, Mallorca immediately changed their position.” 스포츠토토
ATM may not be happy about losing Lee. That’s why they’re hoping to get him back in the winter transfer window in January. Half a year after his move to PSG, a full transfer is virtually impossible. However, they want to keep him at the ATM, so they’re pushing for a loan move.
“ATM want to take Lee from PSG,” said Todofichajes in Spain. Lee is a favorite of Simeone. They tried to sign him in the past. But it didn’t work out. He was close to signing in the summer transfer window. However, PSG’s offer was too much for Mallorca to refuse,” the report said.
The plan is based on the idea that Lee will have a hard time competing for a starting spot at PSG. Alongside Lee, PSG have added a number of attacking options. With Kylian Mbappe still in the fold, the new arrivals include Marco Asensio, Ousmane Dembele, Bradley Barca, Kolo Moani, and Gonzalo Hamus. These are the players who motivated Lee to join. In order for Lee to play on the wing, he needs to compete.
This has led to speculation in local media that he could play in the midfield instead of as an attacking option.
“He is looking for a way out. He will try to find it in January next year. ATM could be the solution. ATM is short of wingers. If Lee comes to ATM, he can get a starting spot. Also, Luis Enrique is not in a good situation and will make a lot of moves in the winter transfer window, so ATM thinks it is possible to bring Lee Kang-in.”
“ATM’s plan is to sign Lee on loan,” he emphasized.
Alongside Lee, the outlet also reported that there is one other player that ATM wants. This is Spain international midfielder Carlos Solerda, who joined PSG from Valencia in 2022. He played 35 games for PSG last season, including 26 in the league, and has made five league appearances this season.