Aston Villa’s interest in Lee Kang-in (22) is unusual. It is active enough that the owner directly stepped forward.
Reporter Charlie Smith of the British Football 메이저놀이터Fancast reported on the 22nd (Korean time) that “Aston Villa’s owner ‘NSWE’ is also involved in this,” citing a local report in Spain that Aston Villa is promoting the recruitment of Lee Kang-in. NSWE stands for Aston Villa co-owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.
The way Aston Villa can recruit Lee Kang-in is to activate the buyout clause. Lee Kang-in’s buyout is known to be 18 million euros.
Aston Villa made an offer of 13.5 million euros in the winter transfer window in January, which fell short of the buyout amount, but was rejected. However, as Lee Kang-in’s performance increased after the winter transfer market, it was decided to pay the buyout amount.
The fact that Aston Villa is very willing to invest in the transfer market this summer supports the rumor of Kang-in Lee. Aston Villa sacked manager Steven Gerrard in October last year and appointed manager Unai Emery. With the confidence of the club’s leadership in Emery, who has currently put Aston Villa in sixth place, NSWE is known to be willing to invest a large amount of transfer funds in response to Emery’s first transfer window in July.
Coach Emery, who coached Villarreal in the Spanish Primera Liga from 2020 to 2022, had former Primera Liga players Diego Carlos (former Sevilla) and Alex Moreno (Real Betis) in the winter transfer market in January. Lee Kang-in is also a familiar name to director Emery.
Aston Villa is one of the best clubs in the Premier League right now. Starting with the match against Everton in February, he won 7 wins and drew 1 in 8 matches. Currently, they are chasing 4th place Newcastle United with 6 points by accumulating 50 points with 5 consecutive wins. In the previous game, they thrashed Newcastle United 3-0, igniting the race for a place in the UEFA Champions League.
Lee Kang-in, who received the highest rating among both teams with his splendid dribble in the match against Celta Vigo on the 18th, will play Getafe and Primera Liga on the 24th.