Manchester United is on the verge of securing the signing of Kim Min-Jae, the defender from Napoli.
Kim Min-Jae, a 26-year-old South Korean center-back, had an outstanding season with Napoli, helping the team to win their first Serie A title in 33 years.
As a result of his impressive performances, there has been significant interest in him from multiple clubs. However, reports from Italy indicate that Manchester United, led by Erik ten Hag, is likely to be the successful bidder for his signature.
Il Mattino, a media outlet based in Naples, has reported that the transfer of Kim Min-Jae to Old Trafford is almost complete, with negotiations now focused on the final details.
In anticipation of his departure, Napoli is said to be actively seeking out potential replacements for the talented center-back. Kim Min-Jae joined Napoli last summer from Fenerbahce for a transfer fee of approximately €18 million (equivalent to £15 million), and his impressive performances are likely to generate a substantial profit for the Italian club.
There are rumors that Kim Min-Jae has a release clause ranging from £43 million to £52 million.
This season, he has played 43 matches for Napoli, scoring two goals and providing two assists, and has been an integral part of the team’s success, keeping 15 clean sheets on the way to winning the Scudetto.
If he finalizes his transfer to Manchester United, Kim Min-Jae will provide much-needed reinforcement to Erik ten Hag’s defensive options, which have been weakened by injuries to Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane.
In addition to Kim Min-Jae, Manchester United also has Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire as potential choices for the center-back position, and Luke Shaw has performed well as a makeshift center-back this season.
Kim Min-Jae has long held a desire to play in the English Premier League and could finally see his dream come true with this potential move.
The Manchester United transfer target list also includes Victor Osimhen from Napoli, who is a prolific striker and considered a priority signing for the club this summer.
Given his impressive record of 28 goals in all competitions this season, it is understandable that Napoli would be reluctant to part ways with their talented striker.