According to reports, intermediaries have convinced South Korean defender Kim Min-Jae to join Manchester United. Negotiations are ongoing to finalize the details of the deal, which could be Erik ten Hag’s first signing for the club this summer.
🚨 BREAKING: Kim Min-jae has decided to join #mufc! It’s now a matter of details. [@mattinodinapoli via @mufcMPB] pic.twitter.com/Iu2CyCLfnR
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) May 15, 2023
The Impressive Rise Of Kim Min-Jae In Italian Football This Season
Kim, who is 26 years old, has been lauded as one of the best defenders in Serie A this season, and he has been a crucial player for Napoli. He has played 43 times in all competitions and helped his team keep 20 clean sheets, contributing four goals.
The towering centre-back, who stands at 6″3, is adept at defending one-on-one situations and is both powerful and fast. He is also comfortable using either foot to defend and has had an excellent campaign. Kim joined Napoli last summer for €18.5 million as a replacement for Kalidou Koulibaly. Corriere dello Sport reports that Napoli are willing to consider offers of around €60 million (£53.3 million) for the player, who has two years left on his contract at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
Manchester United Could See Several Changes In Their Rebuild This Summer
The Red Devil’s interest in Kim is part of their continuing rebuild under Erik ten Hag. The club is expected to be active in the summer transfer window both in terms of new signings and outgoing players.
Harry Maguire’s future at Old Trafford has been subject to speculation throughout the season due to the lack of game time under Ten Hag. Some feel he might be better off making an exit from Old Trafford if he wishes to reinvigorate his career.