For Kim Min-jae (26, Napoli), the most important consideration is whether or not to start.
Ben Jacobs, a reporter for CBS Sports, a U.S. sports organization, said, “Manchester United is the frontrunner in the race to sign Kim Min-jae. However, there is one condition. Kim wants a team where he can play as a starter,” he said.
United have been monitoring Kim since late last year. According to European soccer transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano, “United have been considering signing Kim since the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The deal is not finalized, but it is very close.”
The transfer fee that United will pay to Napoli for Kim is expected to be around 50 million euros ($71 billion won). Napoli inserted a buyout clause when they signed Kim last summer, which only applies to foreign teams for a three-month period in early July. Therefore, it is likely that Kim Min-jae’s transfer to United will be officially announced in early July.
United fans have already expressed their excitement by creating a composite graphic of Kim Min-jae. “Kim will anchor the defense alongside Rafael Varane and Lisandro Martinez,” they write in their predicted lineup for the 2023-24 season.
If Kim makes it to the English Premier League (EPL), he will become the 15th Korean Premier League player in history. Previously, 14 South Koreans have played in the Premier League, including Park Ji-sung and Lee Young-pyo, Seol Ki-hyun, Lee Dong-guk, Kim Doo-hyun, Cho Won-hee, Lee Chung-yong, Ji Dong-won, Park Joo-young, Ki Sung-yong, Yoon Seok-young, Kim Bo-kyung, Son Heung-min, and Hwang Hee-chan.메이저놀이터
Among them, Park Ji-sung spent seven seasons with Man United. Park won the Premier League title four times and appeared in two UEFA Champions League (UCL) finals, winning one. He is the most successful Asian player to ever play in the Premier League.
Most of the big European clubs have been linked with Kim at least once. In addition to United, Manchester City, Newcastle, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) of the French Ligue 1, and Bayern Munich of the German Bundesliga have all been reported to be interested in signing Kim.
Whether Kim can follow in the footsteps of Park Ji-Sung and become the second Korean to play for Man Utd and the 15th Korean to play in the Premier League will be the subject of intense interest this summer.