Newcastle could hijack Man Utd's bid to sign Kim Min-jae as 'secret talks' held
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Manchester United could miss out on summer target Kim Min-jae after Newcastle reportedly held talks with the Napoli defender's representatives.
The South Korea international can effectively only move clubs between July 1 and 15, due to a reported release clause in his contract that is only active between those dates.
Italian outlet Calciomercato claim that the release clause is set at €60 million - and that the defender is 'ready to say yes' to a move.
Kim does have to complete military service, which is obligatory in South Korea, later this month. It can last for up to two years, but the 26-year-old has earned a sporting exemption after being part of the gold medal-winning national team at the 2018 Asian Games.
As a result, the defender can complete his military service over a shortened period of time - with Goal claiming he will complete a move to an English club after it is concluded.
However, a move to United is not yet finalised - and Newcastle are now reportedly in the race to sign him.
Newcastle 'could hijack' Kim move
It is claimed that manager Eddie Howe wants to sign another centre-back this summer to provide competition for Fabian Schar and Sven Botman, and the Magpies are keeping tabs on Kim.
Despite Newcastle's interest, United are still considered favourites to sign the player, who spent time at Fenerbahce before moving to Naples as Kalidou Koulibaly's replacement last summer.
Calciomercato claim that Napoli are weighing up a move for Atalanta wonderkid Giorgio Scalvini as Kim's replacement if he does depart - with the 18-year-old having been linked with Liverpool last year.