The birth of a new generation of Europeans is just around the corner. Daejeon Hana Citizen’s Bae Joon-ho (20), born in 2003, will join Stoke City in the English Championship 안전놀이터(2nd division).
According to the soccer world on the 23rd, Daejeon has received a transfer offer from Stoke City for Bae Jun-ho and is in negotiations. The transfer fee is reportedly in the range of 2 million euros ($3 billion). The transfer fee between the clubs has been agreed upon, and the personal agreement between Bae and Stoke City, including his salary, is in the final stages. Bae is expected to fly out of Korea this week to finalize the transfer process, including a medical.
The transfer fee, playing opportunities, and salary were agreed upon between the clubs. A club official said, “He is an important player for Daejeon, so we reviewed everything and negotiated. We looked at not only the transfer fee, but also whether it was a team where the player could play consistently, a club where he could grow, and personal conditions such as salary. After the offer came in, we negotiated positively.”
In fact, Stoke City wasn’t the only club interested in Bae, who was inundated with offers after playing a key role in South Korea’s mythical run to the last four of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. In fact, many offers arrived. Daejeon sat down with Stoke City, who offered the best deal for both club and player, and quickly reached an agreement. Stoke City were so aggressive that they raised the transfer fee several times.
Reports have already surfaced in England. According to Football Insider, “Stoke City are reportedly in talks to sign highly-rated striker Bae Joon-ho. He is regarded as one of the best prospects to emerge from South Korea in recent years and has attracted interest from a number of European clubs.” “Stoke City, who have been busy this summer, are hoping that Bae, who can play anywhere up front, will add creative flair to their attack. Stoke City see him as a potential star in the making.”
After reaching the quarterfinals of the 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup, the South Korea U20 team has returned home. Bae Jun-ho answers questions from the moderator during the welcome home ceremony at Incheon International Airport on Thursday afternoon. The team reached the quarterfinals for the second consecutive time at the World Cup in Argentina. Incheon International Airport By KIM Min-gyu firstname.lastname@example.org /2023.06.14/
South Korea’s Bae Jun-ho celebrates after scoring his second goal during the first half match between South Korea and Ecuador in the round of 16 at the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Santiago del Estero stadium in Argentina on June 14. Yonhap
Of course, it wasn’t an easy decision for Daejeon to let go of a key player. The second-year pro has scored two goals in 16 K League 1 appearances this season. He has been at the center of the attack, playing in the attacking midfield, on the flanks, and in the midfield. The attacking point has been influential, at least on the pitch.
However, both Daejeon coach Lee Min-sung and the club were more interested in Bae’s talent and potential for growth than the team’s immediate results. The coach had already said last month, “If you want Bae Jun-ho in a good place, you should go. If he goes to Europe, I’m in favor as a coach. He’s too good for me to keep,” and expressed his support for Bae Jun-ho’s move to Europe. The club has also maintained its stance that it will help Bae Jun-ho reach Europe under the right conditions. Despite the mid-season move, the transfer negotiations were conducted without much noise.
Bae will leave the country as soon as the personal negotiations with Stoke City are finalized. It’s unclear if he’ll play against Jeonbuk Hyundai on Sept. 25. As the player was so beloved, the Daejeon club is reportedly preparing various scenarios to make the fans’ farewell as pleasant as possible. However, it’s the last day of the European transfer window, so he may have to leave in a hurry.
Stoke City, where Bae is headed, was relegated to the Championship after finishing 19th in the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2017-18 season. They are now in their sixth season in the Championship with dreams of returning to the EPL. In the Championship, they have finished in the top 15 for the past five consecutive seasons. This season, the team is eighth out of 24 teams with two wins and one loss in its opening three games. The team was founded in 1863 and has been around for 160 years.
Stoke City players. Photo by Getty Images