Valencia president Anil Murthy has confirmed that the La Liga giants are looking to sell Wolverhamopton Wanderers target Kang-In Lee before the end of August, speaking to El Desmarque.
He might have been compared to David Silva but it seems that the silky South Korean will not be leaving the Mestalla to a hero’s goodbye like the World Cup-winning Manchester City legend.
20-year-old Lee remains a player of raw potential rather than proven quality, his undoubted talent only visible in brief flashes rather than over any sustained period.
Wolves, however, are a side who tend to buy into potential, investing huge amounts of money in the likes of Diogo Jota, Pedro Neto and £35 million teenager Fabio Silva.
The Premier League outfit have been linked with Lee throughout the last few months, with AS claiming only a week ago that a move to Molineux is still very much on the cards.
What’s more, Valencia are willing to sell for just £9 million after the six-cap international refused to extend his contract beyond the summer of 2022.
Can Kang-In Lee be Wolves’ answer to David Silva?
“Yes, certainly,” president Murthy replied after being asked whether Valencia want to cash in on Lee before the summer is out.
According to El Desmarque, Los Che are under pressure to find a buyer for Lee as they look to free up one of the non-EU spots in their squad for striker Marcos Andre.
A £7 million deal has been agreed to sign the Brazilian from Real Valladolid but it remains to be seen if he can play for the two-time Champions League finalists before Lee is sold.
Lee’s arrival would come as a blow to Morgan Gibbs-White, the fleet-footed playmaker who has impressed in a number ten role under Bruno Lage so far.
Wolves are also in the market for a new centre-forward – Cardiff City’s Kieffer Moore is the number one target – though a deal for tough-tackling defender Ruben Semedo appears to have fallen through due to work permit concerns.