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Busan's Free Agents + Transfer Rumors

This official list of free agents for 2015/16 was released by the league. Busan has 8 players up for free agency. Check it out below plus the latest in transfer rumors and gossip.

Free agents

Officially Busan has two goalkeepers, one defender, and five midfielders up for free agency.  They are:

Goalkeepers: Kim Ki-yong, Yoon Jung-gyu
Defender: Yoo Ji-no
Midfielders: Jeon Sung-chan, Lee Ju-yong, Kim Tae-yeon, Kim Ik-hyun, Choi Kwang-hee

So are any worth fighting to keep? Well, the keepers are both young. Yoon Jung-gyu has yet to make his competitive debut for Busan while Kim Ki-yong did start a couple matches last year (2014). I imagine Busan will re-up both of them or at least Kim Ki-yong, unless they have another goalkeeper idea up their sleeve (more on keepers in the transfer rumors later). Yoo Ji-no was a serviceable right back, but if the club is keeping Park Joon-gang he can be let go. If he's willing to stay though, and affordable within the club's new budget he's probably worth keeping. Choi Kwang-hee's versatility is useful and Jeon Sung-chan can be a decent player when on form, so it may be worth inquiring if they'd stay and are affordable. Kim Tae-yeon can probably be let go, and I'm not a fan of Kim Ik-hyun. Lee Ju-yong (not to be confused with the Jeonbuk fullback) is young, and I'm not sure what he offers.

Transfer rumors

There have been no official moves yet for Busan players, but the rumors and reports continue to fly around. The latest is that goalkeeper Lee Bum-young is set to join fellow current/former national team keepers Jung Sung-ryong and Kim Seung-gyu over in the Land of the Rising Sun. Reports surfaced that newly promoted J1 side Avispa Fukuoka are close to agreeing a deal with our number 1. That creates problems when combined with the continued reports that Lee Chang-geun is close to moving to Ulsan. Who will be in net next season? The logical choice would be Kim Ki-yong, but the youngster, as mentioned earlier, is up for free agency. Not really an issue, since there's likely little interest in him, and with one or both starters leaving it opens a space for him.

No names, but rumors that Busan has filled (or will soon fill) their three foreign spots with three new Brazilian players. Surprise. Other than that, the rumor mill has died down for Busan. Lee Jeong-hyeob seems set to stay with Busan for at least a year, but that could change quickly should the right amount come knocking.

Who will start in goal for Busan? Is the club making a mistake (potentially) letting both Lee Bum-young and Lee Chang-geun go? Can the club produce yet another decent shot stopper? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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