Atletico Madrid, which has been caught giving up Lee Kang-in for money, is aiming for a center back from Uruguay by signing No. 1 in the summer transfer market. 메이저사이트
European football journalist Fabrizio Romano said on his personal SNS on the 14th (Korean time), “Atletico is aiming for Uruguay center back Santiago Murino, born in 2002. We are making progress in negotiations with our team, Racing Montevideo.”
“Negotiations have entered a key stage and are progressing smoothly until the final stage,” he added.
As a result, Atletico’s first signing this summer is likely to be Mourinho. At 186cm, he is not tall for a centre-back, but he blocks opponents’ attacks with great speed and possesses excellent tackling skills. He also has good foot technique, so it is easy to see the scene of advancing to a high position.
It is evaluated as a very suitable resource for Atletico, who needs reinforcement of the center back.
This is disappointing news for Lee Kang-in. Previously, Atletico was known as one of the teams that showed a steady interest in Lee Kang-in from last winter.
In particular, it is known that coach Diego Simeone actively wanted Lee Kang-in. As it is a team that is considered one of the top 3 in La Liga along with Real Madrid and Barcelona, and is the team that won the La Liga championship in the 2020/21 season, expectations that Lee Kang-in will move to the championship team have grown.
However, according to recent reports, Atletico cannot spend a lot of money on Lee Kang-in.
Lee Kang-in’s team, Mallorca, set a buyout amount of 18 million euros (approximately 26 billion won), and Atlético is in a position that it is burdensome to pay this amount of transfer fee.
Spain’s Marca said, “The Atletico board is dissatisfied with the amount of Lee Kang-in’s buyout. Lee Kang-in cannot become an Atletico player unless it is less than 10 million euros (approximately 14 billion won).”
In the end, Atletico seems to be excluded from the candidate for Lee Kang-in’s next destination. As Atletico also focuses on signing Mourinho, not Lee Kang-in, rumors of a transfer are expected to fade.