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Kim Min-Jae asked on South Korean TV which team he'll play for next season, his response is telling

Ryan Smart

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Kim Min-Jae asked on South Korean TV which team he'll play for next season, his response is telling

Manchester United target Kim Min-jae gave a telling response when asked whether he could leave Napoli this summer.

The South Korean centre-back, 26, has been a key part of Napoli's successful Serie A title challenge this season, helping his side to lift the Scudetto for the first time in 33 seasons.

Kim joined the Italian giants from Fenerbahce last summer as a replacement for Kalidou Koulibaly, who moved to Chelsea.

He has been one of the stars of the division, starting 34 of Napoli's 37 games.


United have been linked with a move for the centre-back, with various outlets claiming that Kim has a release clause of €58 million that becomes active between July 1 to 15 this summer.


Italian outlet Correire dello Sport have reported that the defender will join United as soon as the club triggers that clause, despite Napoli attempting to offer him a new contract.

If the move goes through, it would be a major coup for United boss Erik ten Hag as he looks to add a centre-back to his squad this summer.


But the deal has not been finalised as of yet - and Kim was asked about the potential of a summer move on South Korean TV.

Kim on Man Utd, Napoli rumours

On a TV programme hosted by South Korean TV personality and chef Baek Jong-Won, Kim was directly asked which club he would be playing for in the 2023/24 season.

The defender replied (quote via Calcio Napoli): "My agent is outside the restaurant, ask him!"


The 26-year-old did not commit his future to Napoli, nor did he confirm that he would be moving clubs this summer.

But the reference to his agent could suggest that if clubs do pay his release clause, there may be opening for Kim to join a new club.

And United hope to be at the front of the queue to secure his signature by triggering the clause as early as possible, with Kim potentially joining a centre-back contingent at United that includes Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Premier League, Manchester United, Napoli, Transfers, Erik Ten Hag

Ryan Smart
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