The media then said, “Newcastle is putting weight on the recruitment of Minjae Kim, which Man Utd is aiming for. He has a £42 million release clause that will be activated from July 1, and Manchester United manager Eric Ten Haag wants him.” There is still a high chance of taking Kim Min-jae, but Newcastle are also monitoring the situation.”메이저사이트
In particular, it is known that Newcastle has already met with Kim Min-jae. The Sun emphasized, “Kim Min-jae’s agent visited St. James Park, the home ground of Newcastle’s last game of the season, and had a conversation with the board.”
Kim Min-jae played a perfect role in Naples in the 2022-2023 season. As soon as he entered Serie A last summer, he emerged as a key defender for Napoli, and went beyond Italy to become one of the leading center backs in Europe. He played a big role in Serie A and the UEFA Champions League with strong physicality, quick feet and excellent predictive ability. His stable build-up ability was also indispensable.
Napoli also had a season that will go down in history. Napoli won the Scudetto after 33 years, recording the least goals in the league, centered on Kim Min-jae. It was the club’s third win and the first win without Diego Maradona, so it was a more meaningful achievement.
Praise for Kim Min-jae continued. He captivated everyone to the extent that he was mentioned in Napoli’s all-time best 11 even after only playing for one year. Broadcasting company ‘DAZN’ gave him a 10-point rating for the season, and the Italian ‘fan page’ also said, “Kim Min-jae removed all criticism by showing a tremendous performance in terms of intensity, competitiveness, and dynamism. He is the lock in front of the goal.” I gave him a rating of 9.
The vacancy of his predecessor, Kalidou Koulibaly, has long been forgotten. ‘Football Italy’ applauded, saying, “Kim Min-jae is one of the best players of the season,” and “no one would have expected that he would become a bigger legend than Koulibaly within a year.”
Kim Min-jae personally made many achievements. He wrote history by becoming the first Asian player to win the Serie A Player of the Month award in September of last year, and in October, he was selected as the Player of the Month by the Italian Football Players Association. His name was not included in the Serie A Team of the Year selected by ‘EA SPOTRS FIFA’.
The best defender in Serie A was also Kim Min-jae. He has been the league’s best defender since his debut season, beating teammates and captains Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), who together made the shortlist. This is also the first Asian player.
Naturally, numerous love calls flooded in, and Kim Min-jae’s transfer became a matter of time. Among them, Manchester United has emerged as a leading destination. According to Fabrizio Romano, a European soccer transfer expert, Man Utd has been dispatching scouts since last year and has been steadily observing Kim Min-jae, and has marked him as their number one recruiting target
. Earlier, Italy’s ‘Il Martino’ claimed that the contract between Kim Min-jae and Man Utd was virtually finished, and that he had even found a house to live in. Reporter Ben Jacobs of the U.S.’CBS Sports’ also reported, “Man Utd is leading the race to recruit Kim Min-jae.” .
Daniel Longo of Italy’s ‘Calcio Mercato’ also reported that Man Utd is expected to take Kim Min-jae, and that Man Utd will pay 60 million euros (approximately 84 billion won). It is known that Kim Min-jae has already said goodbye to his Napoli teammates.
However, it seems that Newcastle is emerging as a strong contender. Newcastle has emerged as an emerging rich club after being acquired by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund (PIF) from last season. Newcastle, which will also participate in the European Football Federation Champions League (UCL) next season, is now planning to walk on a solid road with Kim Min-jae in its hands.
As Newcastle has to compete in several tournaments, they plan to recruit Kim Min-jae and use him as a starting pitcher along with Fabian Cher and Sven Botman. The Sun said: “Newcastle manager Eddie Howe wants a centre-back who can compete with Cher and Bortman on the UCL stage. Jamal Lascelles is not part of long-term plans and could leave this summer as he is entering the final year of his contract. “he added.
Kim Min-jae, who returned to Korea a few days ago, will receive basic military training for three weeks from the 15th. He is in no hurry and is expected to start negotiations in earnest after completing training. The Sun said, “Kim Min-jae will decide his future next month after completing his military service. He wants to move to the Premier League after one season with Napoli.”
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If Kim Min-jae wears a Newcastle uniform, he will become the 15th Korean player to play in the Premier League. At the same time, he will succeed Ki Sung-yueng, a senior in the national team. Ki Sung-yueng joined Newcastle in the summer of 2018 and played until January 2020.