Japan’s top MF, Lee Kang-in blocked the way… Brighton and Newcastle ‘Dash’ at the same time
- on Apr 05, 2023
Lee Kang-in’s competitor for the Premier League has appeared in Scotland.
Spanish media ‘Todo Pichajes’ reported on the 5th (Korean time) that “Leo Hatate is with the name of the Premier League.”
“Japanese midfielder Leo is preparing to take off,” Todopichahes said. It took him less than a season to shine at Celtic. Two Premier League clubs are waiting for him, and that means a leap forward.”
Leo transferred to Celtic in January 2022, and has been active as a key player in Celtic’s midfield this season. He started 24 games and recorded 5 goals and 6 assists, and along with teammates Kyogo Furuhashi and Daizen Maeda, he is receiving interest from many European teams.
Todopichahes said, “Newcastle and Brighton are competing for Leo,” and specifically mentioned the name of the club that wants Leo.
“Brighton, which has had success with Kaoru Mitoma, wants to repeat the player recruitment formula. Since Newcastle are heading into Europe next season, signing several players like Leo to increase the depth of the squad may be a key plan,” he explained why Newcastle and Brighton want Leo.
Meanwhile, Brighton and Newcastle’s interest in Leo is expected to have a significant impact on the transfer of Korean national team midfielder Lee Kang-in.
Lee Kang-in, who grew up as a La Liga representative playmaker in Mallorca this season, has recently been reported by local British media that several Premier League clubs are showing interest.
The clubs included Fulham and Aston Villa, as well as Newcastle and Brighton looking to sign Leo.
Leo played mainly as a leftback during the J-League, but after moving to Celtic, he often played as a central midfielder or winger and showed aggressive abilities, so his position overlaps with Lee Kang-in.
Of course, unlike Lee Kang-in, who is active in La Liga, Europe’s top 5 league, Leo is playing in the Scottish league, so Lee Kang-in can be rated higher than Leo in terms of his skills. However, since Leo, like Lee Kang-in, has the ability to play both midfielders and wingers, it can be a relatively inexpensive alternative for teams looking to recruit Lee.
Lee Kang-in was offered a transfer fee of 15 million euros (about 21.5 billion won) in the transfer market last winter, and according to local media,온라인카지노 Leo is expected to be able to transfer for about 8 million pounds (about 13 billion won). In the end, considering the positions, skills, and transfer fees of the two players, it seems likely that Leo’s transfer and Lee Kang-in’s transfer this summer will have a ripple effect on each other.
With the appearance of Lee Kang-in’s possible transfer to the Premier League, Japanese midfielders have emerged as transfer contenders, and it is expected that Korean and Japanese fans will enjoy watching the transfer market as to which team the two players will each choose to head to the Premier League.