Barcelona’s Lee Se­ung-woo joins Verona

The Korea Times - - SPORTS - (Yon­hap)

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.

Lee Se­ung-woo

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