It is said that Aston Villa, which is most actively sending love calls to Lee Kang-in (22, Mallorca), is also promoting the recruitment of Japanese striker Kaoru Mitoma (26, Brighton & Hove Albion). The local explanation is that manager Unai Emery wants to sign and that he will be a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, but unfortunately, this is the same background that Aston Villa is pushing for Lee Kang-in.
The Bootroom of England said on the 20th (Korean time), “Aston Villa is interested in signing Mitoma as a potential replacement for Coutinho.” “Coach Emery is a big fan of Mitoma. He will be competing with Arsenal for a scout this summer.”
Mitoma is showing sensational performance in his first season in the English Premier League (EPL). He has 7 goals and 5 assists in the EPL, 10 goals and 7 assists in the season including the FA Cup and League Cup. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) is receiving local attention to the extent that he was nominated as a midfielder for the EPL Team of the Year. This is the background in which Aston Villa jumped into the race to sign Mitoma.
What stands out is the background of Aston Villa’s Mitoma acquisition, which is explained locally. Locals are predicting that Emery’s request and Mitoma’s recruitment as a replacement for Coutinho will be pursued. This is the same background that Lee Kang-in’s transfer to Aston Villa mentioned earlier at the time of his first birthday. Given that Aston Villa is unlikely to recruit Lee Kang-in and Mitoma at the same time, it has emerged as an important variable in Lee Kang-in’s Villa transfer.
Of course, Aston Villa is active enough to directly confirm Lee Kang-in’s buyout (transfer allowance) to the Mallorca club. Buyout is also not a big burden as it is only 18 million euros (approximately 26.2 billion won). However, unlike Lee Kang-in, Mitoma has a big difference in that he has completed verification on the EPL stage. The difference in transfer fee may be large, but the so-called EPL verification can be a point of concern for Aston Villa.
The media also said, “Mitoma is one of the most interesting talents in the EPL recently.” “Like other Brighton players, he exerts an influence in every game. Legendary striker Alan Shearer praised him as an ‘unbelievable player’.” 메이저놀이터
Fortunately, Lee Kang-in is receiving attention from not only Aston Villa, but also other EPL clubs. Mitoma’s club Brighton and West Ham United are rumored to be transferring. As the buyout of only 18 million euros has been released, interest from new clubs may continue in the future. Even if Aston Villa turns to Mitoma, Lee Kang-in is always open to transfer to a better club.