The news came as a blow to Korean football fans through a leading Spanish newspaper. Lee Kang-in (22)’s plans to leave RCD Real Mallorca have been thwarted after the buyout fee (the minimum transfer fee a club must pay to a player’s original club) exceeded expectations.

Spanish outlet Marca reported on Monday (9 September) that “Lee’s buyout has become much more expensive than it was a season ago. The starting price is 25 million euros (34.8 billion won).”

According to the media, variable buyout clauses are a recent trend among European clubs, allowing them to change based on a player’s performance, number of games played, and certain other conditions. “Lee, one of the most marketable players in Mallorca, is one of the players with such a clause,” Marca said, adding that Lee’s buyout rose significantly last season when he recorded six assists in the Spanish Primera Liga. “His development has been key to Mallorca’s consistent results and his performances at their home ground Son Moix have not gone unnoticed by Atletico Madrid and La Liga, who have been linked with him.”안전놀이터

Literally, Lee’s performances this season have been among the best in the league. With six goals and six assists in 36 league games and 2843 minutes, he set a new career-high for attacking points in a season and was named the official Man of the Match six times. Technically, he was also recognised as the best dribbler in the league. Lee’s 90 dribbling interceptions were the most in La Liga after Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid – 112). When expanded to all five European leagues, he was fourth behind Lionel Messi (PSG – 102) and Jeremy Dockoo (Stade Rennes – 96), and his dribbling success rate alone was the highest among them at 67 per cent.

However, the performances that caught the eye of all of Europe could prove to be a major obstacle to an escape from Mallorca. His buyout clause was originally set at €17m (£23.7m). However, after a fantastic season, the buyout clause was increased to €25 million.

His contract with Mallorca runs until June 2025, but Lee has already given the club an ultimatum. He has refused to sign a new contract with Mallorca, and according to local publications such as Football Desde Mallorca, he has already reached a personal agreement with Atletico Madrid. With only an agreement between the clubs remaining, Atletico Madrid, who do not have a lot of transfer funds, are looking to sell the player for €12 million. Mallorca have also asked for another player in addition to Rodrigo Riquelme.

If it’s true that the buyout is higher here, it would put a lot of pressure on Atletico Madrid and any other club that wants to sign Lee. According to Marca, “Mallorca want more than €20 million. Lee is looking to take his career to the next level at another club. Knowing the player’s intentions, Mallorca are waiting for offers from other clubs.”

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