Newcastle United made a serious bid to sign Kim Min-Jae, but the player has decided to join Manchester United instead.
We reported yesterday (via Il Mattino) that the South Korean international had agreed to terms with the Red Devils.
According to today’s edition of Corriere dello Sport (press image below), the 26-year-old defender departed Naples with twelve suitcases to travel to South Korea, signaling that he will not return to Italy.
His present contract includes a condition that allows him to leave in the first fifteen days of the following month, and Manchester United has already “booked” him for a time.
According to the Rome-based site, Newcastle’s last-minute efforts were futile, as the player is on his way to Old Trafford.
In terms of the release clause, CdS stated two days ago that Erik ten Hag’s squad will pay Napoli 58 million euros (£49.5m) to complete the transfer.
According to the Italian news outlet, the Serie A champions have been planning for Kim Min-Jae’s exit for some time and are already scouting for replacements.
The Partenopei are interested in Bologna’s Jhon Lucumi, as well as Slovakian and Feyenoord defender David Hancko.
Varane and Martinez have been Ten Hag’s first-choice center defenders at Old Trafford. Who, in your opinion, should Kim replace in Manchester United’s starting XI next season?