Kim Min-jae finally revealed when he joined Man U. “Entered OT in early July”, even the specific amount was revealed.
The transfer rumors surrounding Kim Min-jae (Napoli, 27) have been swirling around Europe for days now, and now we know the exact timing and price of the move. According to local reports in Italy, Kim will join Manchester United in early July. The transfer fee is said to be 58 million euros ($82.48 billion KRW).
“Italian paper reveals when Napoli defender Kim will join Man Utd and transfer fee,” Italian Football reported on July 24 (KST).
“Manchester United are close to signing Napoli defender Kim Min-Jae, Corriere dello Sport has confirmed, and Kim-Min-Jae and will complete a €58m transfer at the start of July, with a transfer fee of €824m,” the outlet said, citing another Italian outlet, Corriere dello Sport.
“Kim joined Napoli last summer, but according to his contract, he can move to a club outside of Serie A for a fee of €50 million ($71.1 million) if a buyout clause is triggered,” Football Italia continued. A buyout clause is a provision that allows a club to make a transfer without the player’s consent if it pays more than a certain amount of money specified in the contract between the player and the original club. “Napoli president Cristiano Giuntoli said a few months ago that Kim Min-jae’s buyout clause is only valid for the first two weeks of July, and the size of the transfer fee depends on the income of the club that wants to activate it,” the media outlet explained.
“As confirmed by Corriere dello Sport, United are willing to activate the clause. Therefore, we expect to finalize the signing of Kim Min-jae in the first two weeks of July. Kim will leave Napoli the moment United triggers his buyout clause.” “Kim joined Napoli from Fenerbahçe (Turkkiye) last year, replacing Kalidou Koulibaly (Chelsea). At the time, his transfer fee was only €18 million ($25.6 billion). This season, he has made 44 appearances and scored two goals.”
‘Spotlight’ on Kim Min-jae, even in the UK
It’s not just Italy, where Kim is currently living, that is putting the spotlight on him. He continues to be linked to Manchester United.
“Nicknamed ‘The Monster,’ Kim Min-jae has been hailed as ‘the best central defender in the world’ by Napoli’s bosses,” the Daily Mail reported on April 24. He is valued at £56 million ($91.5 billion) after conquering Serie A. He has also been linked to Manchester United. After playing a crucial role in Napoli’s Serie A title triumph, Kim has now been linked with a move to Manchester United and could complete a move to the club soon.”
The Daily Mail added: “Based on recent reports, newly crowned Serie A champions Napoli look set to lose a prized asset (Kim Min-jae) this summer. Meanwhile, United manager Eric ten Haag is keen to strengthen his central defense options this summer. As such, Kim has long been one of United’s main transfer targets. Kim has shown impressive defensive form since reaching the European stage. A move to United would allow him to continue his upward trajectory.”
The media was also very interested in the player’s educational background and family ties. “His parents ran a small sashimi restaurant in Tongyeong, Gyeongnam. He started playing soccer after dropping out of Yonsei University to help his parents financially,” said the Daily Mail. He joined Jeonbuk Hyundai in 2016 and helped the team win the K League title in 2017 and 2018. He was unable to compete at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia due to injury, but was exempted from military service after winning a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang. He then moved to Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League. He spent two and a half seasons there, attracting interest from European clubs. In August 2021, he moved to Fenerbahçe. He is still a relative newcomer to European soccer. Napoli saw Kim’s performance at Fenerbahce and decided to splurge on a transfer fee.”
“Since joining Napoli, Kim Min-jae has quickly endeared himself to his teammates by performing Psy’s Gangnam Style. This season, he took center stage as Napoli won the Serie A title for the first time since 1990. He started 34 of Napoli’s 36 league games. The team conceded just 26 goals in the league. Despite being known as an aggressive defender, he has only received four yellow cards this season. However, he was cautioned in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals against AC Milan, which resulted in a two-match suspension. Following his performances, Napoli were considering offering him a new contract in January in a bid to fend off interest from rival clubs. He had signed a three-year deal last year, but the club had given him an option to extend it for two more years. Instead, Napoli will now be able to cash in on the player after just one season,” he wrote.
“He said Sergio Ramos and Fabio Cannavaro were his role models. He is also very calm. This will fit in well with Van Gaal’s United. He scored two goals as a defender, both with his head from set pieces. He has a similar build to Harry Maguire, who currently plays for United. He has a tattoo on his chest that says “carpe diem” (live in the moment). “He was praised for his ability to drive the ball out of the defense.
Napoli coach Spalletti’s praise and why Man Utd want Kim Min-Jae
Napoli coach Spalletti’s comments were also included. “He is the best central defender in the world,” Spalletti said. I’ve rarely seen a player with the skill and ability of Kim Min-jae. He is unbelievable and always aggressive. He deserves to start every game. He makes at least 20 amazing plays every game. When he starts running with the ball, he can deliver (a pass) into the opponent’s penalty area within five seconds.”
It’s clear why Man United want Kim Min-jae. He has the skills to play on the world stage. He was named to the 45-man Serie A Team of the Year for the 2022-2023 season. He was nominated alongside some of Serie A’s best defenders, including Chris Smalling (AS Roma), Gleison Bremer (Juventus), Giorgio Scalvini (Atalanta), and Alessio Romagnoli (Lazio). The global soccer community Score90 also ranked Kim as one of the world’s best 11. But there’s more. Along with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), he was named alongside Alfonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Jubeng Dias (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Martin Ødegaard (Arsenal), Vinicius Junior (Real), Elling Holland (Man City), and Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain).안전놀이터
United has 21 wins, six draws and nine losses this season, with 69 points, and sits in fourth place with two league games remaining. With third-place Newcastle (70 points) having played one more game, they can finish third on their own. United have already won the Carabao Cup, and they have an FA Cup final against Manchester City. Next season, they’ll need a deep roster to handle the demands of the Champions League and more. For this reason, Van Gaal is looking to bring in three new players: a striker, a midfielder, and a defender. One of those defenders is Kim Min-jae. According to Fabrizio Romano, a journalist familiar with the European transfer market, United have been keeping a close eye on Kim for about seven months. United have been struggling with injuries to their main central defenders, Rafael Varane and Lisandro Martinez. Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, and Axel Thiangueb have been linked with moves away. Can Kim Min-jae become the 15th Korean Premier League player to reach Old Trafford? Expectations are high among Korean soccer fans.