According to a recent report by Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, Manchester United is making preparations to finalize the signing of Kim Min-jae from Napoli. The South Korean center back’s future has been outlined in the report.
Kim Min-jae, who is 26 years old, is highly regarded in his position and stands out for his impressive height. Notably, his contract includes a release clause amounting to €50 million.
As per Transfermarkt.com, Min-jae’s market value is estimated to be €50 million, further emphasizing his worth as a valuable asset.
Throughout the season, Min-jae made 43 appearances for Napoli, contributing with 2 goals and 2 assists.
Representing the South Korean national team, Min-jae has accumulated an impressive record of 47 appearances, scoring 3 goals.
Kim Min-jae’s reputation stems from his exceptional physical attributes, including his strength, speed, and flexibility, which make him a formidable presence as a central defender. He demonstrates outstanding defensive anticipation and is actively involved in both initiating and concluding plays during offensive maneuvers. His ability to execute precise long passes enables him to swiftly launch counterattacks after recovering the ball, while his aerial prowess and positional awareness allow him to disrupt opponent attacks and initiate offensive plays through well-timed headers.
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Speculation suggests that Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag may entertain the possibility of selling Harry Maguire, and Victor Lindelof’s departure is also being considered. Although Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez are currently injured, they are expected to remain with the team beyond the summer. Consequently, the need for additional center-backs at Manchester United is evident.
Considering the time sensitivity of Min-jae’s contract clause, which remains active for a mere two weeks in July, Manchester United must act swiftly and efficiently to secure his services before the opportunity passes.
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Naples-born Enzo Cattaneo has spent more than a decade living in Madrid and writing about Spanish football, German football and the Premier League for various Spanish football websites and now he writes about World football for World Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers and rumours pretty much nonstop since the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time playing Esports games.