Here’s everything you need to know about Kim Min-jae’s rumored move to Manchester United.
Recently, Kim Min-jae has been linked to a move to Manchester United. According to local reports such as The Sun, the Red Devils are looking to bolster their central defense this summer and have been monitoring Kim for some time.
The Red Devils will pay a buyout to acquire Kim, beating off competition from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City. They expect him to be a key defender for years to come.
In response, the UK’s Daily Mail highlighted the player on April 24 (KST), exploring everything about him.
“After deciding to turn professional, Kim’s rise has been meteoric,” the publication wrote. “After dropping out of Yonsei University, he joined Jeonbuk Hyundai in 2016 and helped the club win the league title in 2017 and 2018.”
“He made the decision to help his parents, who run a small sashimi restaurant in Tongyeong, financially,” the article detailed.
His performance at the Asian Games was also noted. “Kim missed the 2018 World Cup in Russia due to injury,” says the Daily Mail. But the same year, he competed at the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, where he won gold. His Asian Games victory earned him an exemption from military service, requiring only two weeks of basic training.”
The article also detailed his move to the Chinese league and his arrival at Napoli.
“He spent two years with Beijing Guoan in China, attracting interest from European clubs. He completed a move to Fenerbahce in the summer of 2021 and convinced Napoli to shell out €16m for him despite being a European rookie.” 안전놀이터
“He was brought in as a long-term replacement for Kalidou Koulibaly, who left for Chelsea, but quickly endeared himself to the club by dancing to Psy’s Gangnam Style from their first meeting. He became central to Napoli’s first title since 1990.”
“I started 34 of the 36 league games this season. Despite his aggressive defensive style, he has only received four cautions.”
“He is nicknamed ‘Monster’ for his defensive style. He fights for possession with his 6-foot-2 frame and has the ability to pass from high up the pitch. He would certainly fit into the kind of team that United manager Eric Mourinho is trying to build.”
Finally, “Kim’s £40 million buyout clause is only valid for 15 days from July 1, when he must undergo three weeks of military training. This period could be a problem that could complicate his future,” concluded the report.