Valencia could cancel Kang-In Lee’s contract as Wolverhampton Wanderers open talks with the La Liga starlet, as reported by Diario de Mallorca.
When asked whether the two-time Champions League finalists were hoping to get rid of their South Korea starlet before next week’s transfer deadline, Valencia president Anil Murthy certainly left no one in any doubt about the club’s intentions.
“Yes, certainly,” Murphy said when asked if Los Che wanted Kang-In Lee out the door.
So why the sudden desperation to part with a skilful attacking midfielder many view as one of the most exciting young talents in Spanish football? Well, it’s simply really.
Valencia have agreed a deal to sign Marcos Andre from Real Valladolid. But the Brazilian striker cannot be registered as part of Jose Bordalas’ squad until Valencia manage to free up one of their ‘non-EU’ spots.
And finding someone willing to take 20-year-old Lee off their hands would do the trick.
Is Kang-In Lee heading to the Premier League?
Valencia had been hoping to make around £9 million from his departure but, with time running out and with desperation on the rise, the Castellon club are now willing to terminate the final 12 months of his deal.
According to Diario de Mallorca, Wolves have entered talks with Valencia this week.
Lee, who has been compared to Manchester City and Spain legend David Silva, should, in theory, have few problems adapting to Bruno Lage’s free-flowing, high-octane style, as long as he can handle the physical nature of English football.
Alan Nixon of The Sun claimed on Twitter this morning that Lee is also a late-window target for Southampton and a Newcastle United side who have lost both their Premier League games thus far.
As it stands, Joe Willock is the only signing Newcastle have made all summer long. Funds are tighter than ever at St James’ Park these days.
So, with a player of Lee’s potential on a free transfer, this feels like an opportunity too good for Newcastle to miss.