Whitecaps’ Starting Midfielder Inbeom Hwang on Its Way to Russia

Hwang Inbeom with Vancouver Whitecaps in 2019. Photo by David Kirouac/CSM/Shutterstock (10374095h)

Vancouver Whitecaps are poised to lose an important piece of their midfield ahead of the MLS 2020 season resume. According to Transfermarkt’s Manuel Veth, Whitecaps’ starting midfielder Inbeom Hwang is on his way to Russia where he will play for Rubin Kazan.

Reportedly, both Whitecaps and Hwang were interested in parting ways this summer. The South Korea international was about to turn 24-years-old, which would move him past Young Designated Player threshold and increase his salary cap hit to $612,500 in 2021.

Hwang, on the other hand, always wanted to play in Europe and moving to Kazan is an opportunity to do so. He was previously linked with Dinamo Zagreb, but the talks between the Croatian side and Vancouver were not fruitful.

Rubin is expected to pay $2 million to Whitecaps as part of the transfer.

Inbeom Hwang started his career in his native country with Daejeon Citizen, playing 88 games and scoring 15 goals for the club. He moved to Vancouver Whitecaps FC in early 2019 on a two-year deal, while the MLS side also had club options on 2021 and 2022.

Hwang played a total of 39 MLS games, making 36 starts. He scored three goals and has six assists.