In what comes as a blow to Tottenham in their rumoured pursuit of Lee Kang-in, multiple sources are now reporting that the attacking midfielder is on the verge of signing for Paris Saint-Germain.
Lee has progressed impressively since his switch to Mallorca from Valencia in 2021 and he had a breakthrough season at Son Moix Stadium in 2022-23, scoring six times and providing seven assists in 36 league appearances (Transfermarkt).
Tottenham’s interest in the 22-year-old first came to light when Mundo Deportivo claimed on 29 April (via Sport Witness) that the Lilywhites were leading the race for his signature ahead of the summer transfer window.
The publication asserted that the South Korean international, who was also on Atletico Madrid’s radar, has a release clause of €30m (£26.3m) in his contract.
PSG set to win the race for Lee Kang-in
However, it now appears that PSG have come from nowhere to win the race for Lee, with Foot Mercato now reporting that negotiations between the Parisians and Mallorca are ‘well advanced’.
The report asserts that the Ligue 1 giants have made an offer of €15m (£12.8m) which the Spanish club are expected to accept.
This has also been backed up by Fabrizio Romano, who took to social media to reveal that the two clubs are sorting out the ‘final details’ in the agreement and that Lee has already completed the first part of his medical with PSG.
PSG have reached full verbal agreement with Kang-in Lee on long term contract, the player completed main part of the medical 🔴🔵🇰🇷 #PSG
Final details being sorted with Mallorca over deal structure — then, here we go.
Follows Asensio, Ugarte and soon Cher Ndour as new signings. pic.twitter.com/rZv0824OgI
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 13, 2023
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This is a fantastic deal for PSG if the £13m price being reported is true and makes you wonder why Tottenham did not push for the deal.
Perhaps Spurs’ delay in appointing a new manager gave the Parisians a head start in the race for the 22-year-old’s signature.
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