Manchester United spent seven months trying to sign Kim Min-jae (SSC Napoli).
“Manchester United spent about seven months trying to sign Kim Min-jae,” Fabrizio Romano, a journalist familiar with the transfer market, claimed in an interview with ‘Give Me Sports’ on Feb. 22 (KST).
One of Napoli’s key players in the 2022/23 Serie A championship, Kim has been attracting a lot of attention this season as he has become one of the best defenders in Europe.먹튀검증
In particular, Premier League giants Manchester United have been heavily linked with the player and are hoping to land him in the upcoming summer transfer window.
With the possibility of Kim heading to the Red Devils looking increasingly likely, Romano revealed the efforts the Red Devils have put in over the past few months to bring him to the club.
“Kim Min-jae and United started working on a contract in late October and early November last year,” Romano explained.
“United always sent scouts to follow him and attended the Napoli game,” he added.
“He’s done a great job, he’s definitely been the best center back in Serie A this season,” he said, adding, “He’s doing very, very well,” and that he has lived up to United’s expectations.
Napoli are keen to keep hold of their key defender and title winner, but as time goes on, United and Kim are growing closer.
“The deal with United is practically finalized as Kim has bought a luxury villa in an edgy neighborhood near Manchester, England,” according to Italian publication Il Matino.
“The club is preparing to pay the 65 million euros ($93.2 billion) buyout for Kim Min-jae in one lump sum,” it said, adding, “Kim Min-jae and the club have signed a contract for an annual salary of 9 million euros ($12.9 billion),” and that an intervention agreement has also been finalized.
Meanwhile, while United are close to signing Kim, they still need to finalize the purchase of the club and get a new owner in place to make the deal official.
The Glazer family, which owns the club, has been pushing to sell the club in recent days, and British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe and a Qatari bank have been in talks with the Glazers in hopes of acquiring the club.