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Manchester United Are Hoping To Seal A Move For This €65m Defender: Good Choice For Ten Hag?

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In a recent report, Il Mattino claimed that Manchester United are hoping to seal a move for Napoli star Kim Min-jae who is set to leave his current club at the end of this campaign. It is understood that the Red Devils are open to paying the South Korean talent’s €65m release clause to get him on board in the summer.

Min-jae’s Excellent Form In Italian Football This Season

Min-jae is experiencing a solid campaign at the Naples club as he has managed to put in a handful of dominant performances for them in the defensive third of the pitch. The 26-year-old has made 43 appearances for Napoli this season, scoring two goals and grabbing two assists on all fronts.

His incredible contributions have helped his club win the Serie A title recently. Min-jae has done well to average 1.6 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 3.6 clearances per 90 minutes in Serie A football. He has even been accurate with his ball distribution after making 90.8% of his attempted passes in the top tier of Italian football (stats via whoscored).

Min-jae is under contract at Napoli until the summer of 2025. Hence, Man United will have to make a sizable offer if they are to convince the Italian club to part ways with their prized asset in this off-season.

Kim Min-jae
NAPLES, ITALY – MAY 07: Kim Min-Jae of SSC Napoli celebrates victory after the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on May 07, 2023 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Is Min-jae A Good Choice For Manchester United Boss Erik Ten Hag?

Min-jae is a good tackler of the ball and can time his challenges well to make some timely interceptions for his side on the defensive end of the field. He usually clears the danger when required and is a good passer of the ball as well.

Standing at 1.90, the South Korean sensation can use his powerful frame to win a few 50-50 aerial duels for his team as well.

Someone with Min-jae’s skillset will no doubt bolster the overall quality of Erik ten Hag‘s match-day squad at Old Trafford next season. He is good enough to rival Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez for a regular starting spot at the Mancunian club in the coming years.

Thus, Min-jae will be a great choice for the Red Devils to pursue when the transfer window commences later this year as he could help Ten Hag’s team compete for more major honours in the future.

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