“Napoli are faced with the impossible task of finding a replacement for Kim Min-jae in a crazy summer transfer market,” Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport reported on May 5 (KST).
Kim is close to joining Munich. Initially, a move to Manchester United, a club he had long expressed interest in, seemed likely, but the Bavarians swooped in and changed the tide.
The Bavarians have been in the running for Kim for some time, with Manchester United, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, and Newcastle United among the other teams involved.
Florian Plettenberg, a reporter for Sky Sports Germany, known as the Münchentongue, said directly: “Kim Min-jae is on the verge of joining Munich. The transfer is confirmed. The last major details have become clear in the last few days.” “The contract runs until 2028 and will cost between €10 million and €12 million a year,” he said.
European soccer transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano also chimed in with his signature “Here we go”, stating that “Munich are ready to trigger the buyout clause within 10 days and take all the necessary steps to complete the signing of Kim Min-jae”.
Kim will now become the most expensive Asian soccer player in history. German media outlets such as Bild and Sport1 have claimed his transfer fee to be €50 million (approximately KRW 709 million), while Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport has estimated it at €58 million (approximately KRW 82.2 billion).
While the exact amount is still unknown, it is arguably the highest transfer fee in Asian history. Kim Min-jae is on the verge of donning a Munich shirt for a fee that will surpass the €35 million record for Japan’s Shoya Nakajima to join Alduhail.
Munich got a top defender for a relatively cheap price, while Napoli lost an MVP-caliber player who was a key part of their title run.
For Napoli, the difference between having and losing Kim is huge. In fact, Napoli’s aggressive pressing and attacking style of play last season was made possible by Kim’s quick feet, aerial presence, and forward involvement.
“For Napoli, the search for a second Kim Min-jae is becoming increasingly complicated,” said Gazzetta dello Sport. The time has come to spend at least €40 million on a good defender,” said Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Napoli have already looked at a number of defenders, but all of them have fallen through due to transfer fees,” he added, emphasizing that Napoli have yet to find the right player to replace Kim Min-jae.
“For Napoli, the search for Kim’s successor seems to be complicated. It is difficult to find a player of both age and quality, especially since defenders are worth a fortune in this transfer market,” sighs the source. 안전카지노사이트