Controversial Korean teenager seals move to Italy

Barcelona B star Seung-Woo Lee has left the Catalan club, signing for Italian side Hellas Verona in a deal worth €1.5 million.

The attacker, once lauded as the Korean Messi, has joined the Serie A side on a four-year deal, with Barca having a buy back option for the first two years.

Having signed for La Masia in a cloud of controversy, he, along with eight other academy players were banned for infringement of the FIFA Youth Eligibility Rules which resulted in the club being banned from transfer activity for two consecutive windows.

The official statement from Barcelona was released earlier today which confirmed he had passed his medical in Italy and will be presented tomorrow in Verona.

‘The Club is grateful for the professionalism of the player throughout his time in the club and wishes him the personal and sporting success in the future.

Making the jump to Serie A should not be a problem for the forward who, last season with Gabri Garcia’s Juvenile A, played  30 games and scored 10 goals.

It marks a successful window thus far for Hellas who also added Juventus starlet Moise Kean on loan for the remainder of the season and are poised to sign former Swansea and Manchester City forward Wilfried Bony.



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