In a recent report, La Razon has provided an update on Manchester City‘s pursuit of Valencia playmaker Kang-in Lee. It is understood that the South Korean international is frustrated with his current situation at the Mestalla Stadium, so the Spanish club might be willing to letting him leave which could open the door for Man City to recruit him (via La Razon).
This latest development follows Superdeporte journalist Rafa Marin‘s revelation last month when he hinted that the Mancunian outfit was interested in launching a move for Lee following the success of Ferran Torres this season.
Lee’s Impressive Form At The Mestalla Stadium
The 19-year-old is currently out of action after testing positive with the Covid-19 virus. However, he deserves credit for being a creative presence in Javi Gracia’s attack. Lee has featured in nine matches for the Spanish club this term, picking up three assists in multiple competitions.
The talented teenager has caught the eye by averaging 0.7 shots, 1.6 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per game in La Liga this season. He has even distributed the ball relatively well as evidenced by his pass success rate of 87% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).
What Will The South Korean International Add To Pep Guardiola’s Team?
Lee lacks pace but can still be a delight to watch when he is dribbling with the ball in the opposition half. He is a specialist from dead-ball situations as he has got the vision to play a killer pass in the attacking third. The three-time South Korean international possesses excellent balance and agility to keep hold of the ball in tight spaces and can be a constant menace for the opposition defenders. However, he needs to add more goals to his game if he intends to become a future star in European football someday.
Currently, Guardiola has got Kevin De Bruyne playing in the number ten position. The Spanish head coach has also relied on Raheem Sterling and Ferran Torres to play as a false-nine forward at times this season. Hence, recruiting a natural playmaker like Lee could prove to be a shrewd move for Man City as he could potentially become a player similar to how Roberto Firmino operates for Liverpool.
With all things considered, it makes sense for the Mancunian giants to engineer a move to lure Lee to the Etihad Stadium at the end of this campaign. He will increase competition for places within Guardiola’s first XI and could also serve as an ideal understudy to De Bruyne at the north-west of England.