Napoli’s Kim Min-jae has completed his medical in Seoul to join Bayern Munich. Only the final signature remains. It’s a new start for Kim Min-jae.
European soccer transfer expert Fabrizio Romano tweeted on June 6: “Kim Min-jae will complete his second medical today, so Bayern Munich will trigger his buyout clause from Napoli.
This procedure is the last step before the official announcement,” explaining that the player’s move to Bayern Munich is close.
Sky Sports’ Florian Fletteberg also reported on June 6 that “Kim will complete his medical in South Korea. The Bayern Munich medical staff arrived in South Korea a few hours ago and are on site.
Bayern Munich will trigger the €50 million ($70.8 billion) buyout in the next few days,” he said.
“The contract runs until June 2028 with an annual salary of 12 million euros (17 billion won),” he added, explaining that Bayern Munich’s signing of Kim Min-jae is almost finalized.
Already, Romano has been consistently linked with a move for Kim.
“Bayern Munich will trigger the buyout clause from Napoli immediately after the medical and that could happen this week,” Romano said, explaining that the medical will take place.
Kim Min-jae left the Nonsan training center on June 6 after three weeks of military training. A day later than the date described by Romano.
However, the news of the medical test came shortly after his departure. Most of the reports about the transfer are accurate, so this is a strong possibility. And the medical test was held.
Kim Min-jae completed his three-week basic military training schedule with a completion ceremony on the morning of the 6th.
Kim, who received a special exemption from military service after winning a gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang, entered the hospital for basic military training on March 15.
He will continue to play soccer for 34 months as an arts and physical education officer and complete 544 hours of volunteer service to fulfill his military obligations.
Much has been made of Kim’s departure from the training center, as his arrival could put the final touches on his ‘pending’ move to Bayern Munich.
The reason why there has been a lot of speculation in Germany recently about the reason behind Kim’s arrival and the date of his departure is because his departure is the only way to complete the transfer process.
Bayern Munich have already done everything they can at the club level. There is no need to negotiate a transfer fee with Napoli as the transfer is through a buyout clause.
The buyout clause is said to be in the region of €50 million. The personal terms between Bayern Munich and Kim have also been finalized.
According to local reports, the contract is for five years until June 2028, with an annual salary of up to €12 million.
With Kim’s departure from the training center, a long transfer saga is slowly coming to an end. He made his big league debut with Napoli last season and quickly established himself as a key part of the Napoli defense.
Kim Min-jae was touted as a top center back when he arrived in the Italian Serie A last season. And he lived up to the hype.
Coming to Italy from Jeonbuk Hyundai, China, and Turkiye, Kim was one of the best performers in Europe’s big leagues. He filled the void left by Kalidou Koulibaly’s departure to Chelsea, and more than filled it.
Kim Min-jae has been a key defender for Napoli
Impressing in every game. Thanks to his performances, Napoli surged to the top of the league early in the season and eventually won the Serie A title for the first time in 33 years after the 1989-1990 season. Kim also won the league’s best defender award in his debut season.
Not surprisingly, Kim’s value exploded. He was valued at €6.5 million ($9.3 billion) when he joined Fenerbahçe, according to soccer stats site Transfermarkt, and is now worth €60 million ($85.5 billion).
He recently surpassed Son Heung-min (Tottenham), who was valued at €50 million ($71.3 billion). He is now the highest-rated South Korean soccer player.
After leading Napoli to the title, interest from big clubs poured in for Kim.
If Kim signs for Bayern Munich, it will become the highest transfer fee in Asian history.
The previous Asian record was €35 million ($49.5 billion) for Japan’s Shoya Nakajima to join Alduhail.
In Germany, Kim Min-jae is expected to take over the starting role immediately after his move from Bayern Munich.
It’s a view shared not only by German media outlets such as Kicker, but also by European soccer statistics sites.
The expectation is that Kim will partner with Mathias De Ligt to anchor Bayern’s defense. The combination of the two world-class center backs will be exciting.
Bayern Munich is one of Europe’s most prestigious clubs beyond the Bundesliga. They won their 32nd league title in 2022-2023, including an 11th consecutive Bundesliga title.
They are one of only two teams to have won the “treble” (league, cup, and European Champions League in the same season), along with Spanish giants Barcelona.
After struggling to stay on top this season, the Bavarians decided to overhaul their defense, releasing the likes of Luca Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard.
In the end, Bayern Munich brought in Kim Min-Jae to give them a fresh start.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich will begin training for the 2023-2024 season in Germany on the 15th.
From the 24th to the 3rd of next month, the team will travel to Japan and Singapore for a pre-season Asian tour. 먹튀검증