France’s ‘Sport’ reported on the 15th (KST), “Lee Kang-in, who is expected to join Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), is raising many expectations. He faces a special obligation to perform military service in South Korea for 18 months,” and expressed concern about his military service.
“However, there are opportunities to avoid or reduce military service. It could be waived or shortened if he wins the 2023 Hangzhou Asian Games in September or the 2024 Paris Olympics. This possibility is illustrated by the case of Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min, who shortened his military service after winning the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games,” the article continued.
“These sporting events provide a unique opportunity for Lee to be released from military service and continue his career fully uninterrupted. He will take a lot of risks in the upcoming competitions, not only to win for his team. These competitions will be closely watched not only by Lee’s fans but also by PSG supporters.”
Earlier, Fabrizio Romano, who is well versed in the European soccer transfer market, said: “PSG and Lee Kang-in have reached a verbal agreement on a long-term contract. The medical has already been finalized. Once the details are finalized, ‘Here we go’ (the signature phrase for closing a deal),” he said, adding that PSG was the favorite.
Spain’s ‘As’ added: “Lee has received many offers. But PSG is the most feasible and reliable destination. Everything is believed to be in the final stages of being finalized,” adding that unless something changes, Lee and PSG will join hands.
The ‘flower’ that was ignored in Valencia 스포츠토토 is in full bloom in Mallorca. This season, Lee proved himself in the Spanish La Liga with his dazzling pressing, daring dribbling, and sharp link-up play.
His dribbling ability is among the best in Europe’s top five leagues. According to soccer statistics site Fúscore.com, Lee Kang-in (90 attempts) this season ranks fourth overall in Europe’s top five leagues, behind only Vinicius Junior (112 attempts), Lionel Messi (102 attempts), and Jeremy Dockoo (96 attempts). It’s clear why PSG chose Lee as their replacement after parting ways with Messi.
Negotiations moved quickly. Atletico Madrid, the most likely destination, backed out several times due to financial difficulties in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite a relatively cheap buyout, Mallorca lured them with a cash-and-trade offer. However, the clubs were unable to agree on a deal, and Lee is widely expected to move to PSG.
Currently, Lee has been called up by Jürgen Klinsmann’s South Korean national soccer team and is preparing for the June A match. His next destination is expected to be announced after the A-Match.