Napoli defender Kim Min-jae has his window wide open on Manchester United, according to Corriere dello Sport (page 16).
The Red Devils are preparing to part ways with Harry Maguire this summer and they could focus on landing a marquee central defender.
Min-jae has been linked with United for a number of weeks and Corriere dello Sport report that the South Korean is preparing to join them.
As per the Italian publication, the 26-year-old has ‘his window wide open’ on United, who will have to pay 58 million to trigger his release clause.
Min-jae would be a fabulous acquisition
United were first interested in signing Min-jae during his time in the Chinese Super League and they have now revived their pursuit of his services.
The South Korean has had a tremendous debut campaign at Napoli. He played a huge role at the heart of the defence as they won the Serie A title after three decades.
The Naples outfit obviously don’t want to lose him this summer but they are in a helpless situation as his foreign release clause will be active from July 1 to July 15.
In our opinion, United can make a huge statement by signing Min-jae. He is just in the peak of his career and would provide strong competition for places next term.
Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez have been the regular central defenders under manager Erik ten Hag but the former has been injury-prone for most of his career.
If Min-jae were to join the club, he could have a genuine chance of securing a starting berth next term.
This season, Min-jae has completed 73 passes per league game with an accuracy of 91 per cent.
He has won 1.6 tackles and made 3.5 clearances per outing. The former Fenerbahce man also possesses a strong physical and aerial presence. He has won 63 per cent of his aerial duels.
In our view, he would be a brilliant investment. For the price mentioned, Min-jae could be seen as a bargain in today’s transfer market. Signing him is a no-brainer decision.
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