Kim Min-jae’s move to Manchester United is expected to accelerate.
Italian media ‘Il Martino’ said on the 16th (Korean time), “Kim Min-jae is organizing the details of his transfer to Old Trafford, and Napoli are already looking for a replacement for him. I am sure that Kim will accept the offer from Manchester United.” reported that
Kim Min-jae안전놀이터, who wore the Napoli uniform last summer, immediately became a key player. Kim Min-jae received so much trust from coach Luciano Spalletti that he played in all but two of Napoli’s matches this season. Kim Min-jae also contributed to the scudetto after 33 years of the team and was praised for his net exhaustive recruitment.
Kim Min-jae has grown into a top European defender in just one season. If you watch the game, he is a defender, but he stands out, and is loved by fans for his active defense, bold advances, and unsparing defense. In particular, the scene where he stretches out his foot to block Brahim Diaz’s decisive header against AC Milan is still considered a famous scene.
For this performance, he was nominated for the Italian Serie A Team of the Year (Team Of The Season-TOTS) for the 2022-23 season. Among the total of 8 center backs, Kim Min-jae proudly raised his name. Kim Min-jae is Chris Smalling (AS Roma), Giorgio Scalvini (Atalanta), Stefan Foch (Bologna), Alessio Romagnoli (Lazio), Per Schurs (Torino), Federico Basquirotto (Lecce), Glaisson Bremer (Juventus).
Manchester United has been watching Kim Min-jae’s performance for a long time. Marco Conterio, editor-in-chief of Italy’s ‘Tuto Mercato’, explained on the 10th, “Man United has been in touch since the World Cup, and (coming summer) is the first goal.” It means that the decision to recruit was made while constantly watching his performance.
If Kim Min-jae enters Old Trafford, it will be the first Korean player to wear a Manchester United uniform in 11 years since Park Ji-sung. Park Ji-sung joined Manchester United, led by Sir Alex Ferguson, in 2005 and played an active role until 2012.
He is also looking to become a 15th Premier Leaguer. Starting with Park Ji-sung, Lee Young-pyo, Seol Ki-hyeon, Lee Dong-guk, Kim Doo-hyun, Jo Won-hee, Lee Chung-yong, Ji Dong-won, Park Ju-young, Ki Sung-yong, Yoon Seok-young, Kim Bo-kyung, Son Heung-min and Hwang Hee-chan follow.