The possibility of Kim Min-jae joining Manchester United (Man Utd) has been consistently mentioned.
‘Manchester United are close to signing Napoli defender Kim Min-jae,’ the UK’s Mirror reported on Friday (June 5), adding that ‘Napoli insiders believe Kim is a no-brainer to become a United player in this summer’s transfer window’.
‘There is no doubt in Italy that Kim will move to United,’ the outlet said, adding that ‘United boss Louis van Gaal wants to add an elite-class center back to compete for a starting spot with Varane and Lysandro Martinez. Both Lisandro Martinez and Varane have had injury problems this season,” and “United are clearing out their squad to bring in a quality player like Kim Min-jae. Phil Jones and Tuanzebe have been confirmed to leave the club when their contracts expire. There could be further departures from United. We have an offer in place for Maguire and are pursuing outright transfers for the likes of Teles, who is on loan. United have already announced the release of defender Phil Jones, whose contract expires last month.
The British Express reported on the 5th that “Manchester United are set to hold a third round of talks for the signing of Kim Min-jae and are close to completing the deal” and that “United will pay Kim a salary of between £5 million and £6 million.
Napoli played the final match of the 38th round of the 2022-23 Serie A season against Sampdoria at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in Naples, Italy, on May 5. Kim Min-jae missed the match due to accumulating cautions. Kim attended the awards ceremony after the game and was named Best Defender by the Serie A secretariat. With Kim leading the defense, Napoli conceded just 28 goals in 38 Serie A games this season, the fewest in the league, and won their first Serie A title in 33 years. Kim was also named to the Serie A Secretariat’s Team of the Year, recognizing his outstanding 안전놀이터 performance this season.
Italian media outlet Tuttomercatoweb reported on the 5th, “The best defender in the league is leaving. Kim will move to Manchester United a year after joining Napoli. United will pay €60 million to sign Kim Min-jae. Napoli have given up on keeping Kim Min-jae’. Calciomercato said, ‘Napoli wanted to keep Kim Min-jae, but they will have to play next season without him. The search for a replacement has already begun,” said Calciomercato.