Man Utd 'readying €60 million bid' for Napoli star Kim Min-jae despite 'disturbed' transfer admission
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Manchester United are preparing a €60 million bid to sign Napoli star Kim Min-jae in the summer transfer window, according to reports.
He replaced Kalidou Koulibaly in Luciano Spalletti's back line following the Senegalese defender's departure to Chelsea last summer, and has been one of Europe's top centre-backs earlier this season.
Now, however, it could be United who secure the signature of a player they have been linked with throughout the 2022/23 season.
Man Utd 'prepare €60 million Kim Min-jae bid'
It is claimed that such a bid will put the club in pole position to secure one of their targets this summer, with United in need of a new centre-back if a sale of Victor Lindelof or Harry Maguire is sanctioned.
Fellow Italian outlet Calciomercato reported earlier this year that Kim has a €45 million release clause as part of his Napoli contract - but that it only comes into play between the dates of July 1-15.
Therefore, United's reported early bid would appear to put them in the driving seat to seal a deal for Kim prior to the release clause becoming active, allowing them to avoid competition from teams looking to trigger it.
Earlier this season, Kim stated that transfer links to other clubs 'disturb[ed]' him - and that he only focuses on his current club.
He told 'You Quiz on the Block' (quotes via Daily Mirror): "There are a lot of transfer stories around me, but I've only been at Napoli for six months.
"I've avoided interviews, and one of the reasons is that the rumours about me disturb me."