The next destination for Kim Min-jae (27), the “monster defender” who led Napoli to the Italian professional football Serie A title after 33 years, seems to be narrowing down to the English Premier League (EPL). The team has not been confirmed. With Manchester United (Man United) transfers likely, big clubs such as Manchester City (Man City) and Chelsea are fiercely competing to sign.
Il Martino of Italy said on the 14th, “Man City has enough ability to pay Kim Min-jae’s buyout (minimum transfer fee). We will compete with Man United.” England’s Team Talk said, “Chelsea is also trying to sell existing players and bring in Kim Min-jae.”
Napoli’s defense, excluding Kim Min-jae and conceding a goal in the match against Monza on the 14th. [Shinhwa = Yonhap News]
Even just a few days ago, Kim Min-jae seemed likely to transfer to Manchester United. This is because Manchester United manager Eric Tenhach, who is preparing for the team’s rebuilding next season, has made strengthening the central defender a top priority. It is known that coach Tenhach requested the club to recruit Kim Min-jae. Italy’s Tutomercatoweb said on the 11th, “Man Utd wants to conclude Kim Min-jae’s recruitment negotiations within the next 30 days. Manchester United will meet the buyout clause of 50 million to 60 million euros (72.6 billion to 87.2 billion won).” Kim Min-jae’s annual salary is also expected to skyrocket nearly three times. Local media predicted that it would soar to 7 million euros (10.2 billion won). Kim Min-jae’s current annual salary is estimated at 2.5 million euros (3.6 billion won).메이저놀이터
Kim Min-jae, who played for Türkiye Pernebace and wore the Napoli uniform in July last year, has established himself as the undisputed main center back this season. He played 33 league games (2 goals and 2 assists) and played a key role in the team’s early win. Napoli wants to keep Kim Min-jae, but it is a situation where they have to wait and see the situation because of the buyout clause that is triggered for foreign clubs, not Italy, until July 5th. If Kim Min-jae transfers, Napoli will earn more than three times the transfer fee of 19.5 million euros (28.3 billion won) paid to Fenerbahce.
On the other hand, Napoli, which confirmed the championship early, lost 0-2 in the match against Monza in the 35th round of the league held on the 14th. On this day, Napoli excluded key players including Kim Min-jae from the selection. With Kim Min-jae missing, the Napoli defense was helpless in the attack of the mid-lower team, Monza.