According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United are the current favorites to sign Napoli centre-back Kim Min-jae this summer.
Have United been linked to Kim Min-jae?
The Red Devils look very likely to bring reinforcements to the core of their defense over the coming months as they look to close the gap to rivals Manchester City next season.
While Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane have forged a great partnership throughout 2022/23, their absence through injury revealed the lack of depth there, with Luke Shaw even being drafted into an auxiliary role due to a apparent lack of trust in Harry Maguire.
One player who has been continuously linked with a move to Old Trafford is Kim, who looks like a prime transfer target and is seen as a future key man. The £33,000-a-week centre-back is coming off a magnificent season for Napoli, proving to be a rock at the back as they won their first Serie A title since 1990.
Are the Reds the favorites to sign Kim Min-jae?
Talk to Give me sportsRomano claimed United are currently ahead in the battle to land Kim in the summer transfer window:
“United know they are ahead of other clubs for Kim, as they started this process in October and November, so Man United remain interested in Kim.
“It’s very clear that the release clause is only available in July and not June, so at the moment there is nothing clubs can do to sign the player.”
It’s a very promising update regarding Kim’s future, with the Napoli man arguably one of the best players in his position in Europe at the moment, certainly given the form he’s in.
Fellow South Korean Park Ji-sung described his countryman as “exceptional”, also saying he was doing “amazing things” at the moment, and that he is someone who could help lift United to another level next season. Spalletti also called the defender ‘one of a kind’ and a ‘monster’ for his efforts in Italy.
With Varane now 30 and arguably not quite the player he was, Kim could be seen as Martinez’s natural long-term partner, with the best excelling side by side for many years to come. At 26, he’s at a brilliant age for a centre-back – the same age Virgil van Dijk was when he joined Liverpool, for example – with enough experience to become an essential player from the start, but also to have time on his side.