Barcelona’s Lee Seung-woo joins Verona
FC Barcelona’s South Korean prospect Lee Seung-woo will move to the Italian side Hellas Verona FC, a source close to the player said Wednesday.
The source said Lee decided to join the Serie A outfit on a four-year deal and will complete his medical later Wednesday. Italian media reported that Verona agreed to pay Barca a transfer fee of 1.5 million euros ($1.79 million), while the Catalans retain a buy-back option on the South Korean for two years.
If the transfer is completed, Lee will be the second South Korean to play in the Serie A after Ahn Jung-hwan, who was with Perugia from 2000 to 2002
Lee has been training with Barca’s “B” team, the Spanish giants’ reserve squad, but he wasn’t expected to receive much playing time. With Honduran forward Choco Lozano and Brazilian attacking midfielder Vitinho having filled Barcelona B’s non-EU player quota, Lee has been subject to transfer speculation all summer. In the second-division Spanish league, clubs can only field two players from outside the European Union.
Lee joined Barcelona’s youth program, better known as La Masia, in 2011.