Bayern Munich might beat Manchester United to the punch for Kim Min-Jae. The Napoli star will most likely depart in the first two weeks of July through the activation of his release clause. The Red Devils have long been touted to be ahead of the pack.
According to Sky Deutschland (via SportMediaset), the Bavarians have suddenly jumped into the pole position. They would pay approximately €50M. The center-back informed president Aurelio De Laurentiis that he’d like a new experience. He brushed aside the Azzurri‘s attempt to agree to a new contract.
The Serie A champions will net a major profit regardless of whether Kim Min-Jae joins Manchester United or Bayern Munich. They paid nearly €20M to acquire him from Fenerbahce last season. His exit clause isn’t entirely predetermined but hinges on the revenue of the buyers too.
The Azzurri are keeping tabs on a few replacements. They have recently taken an interest in Jhon Lucumi, who has fared well in his maiden Serie A season at Bologna, Corriere dello Sport relays. The Felsinei disbursed €9M to onboard him from Genk.
Our Take on Kim, Manchester United, and Bayern Munich
Napoli are merely spectators in this situation. It’s entirely up to the player to decide his next destination. The Red Devils have been linked to a few other elite options lately, which suggests they weren’t certain to win the race despite the chatter. Lucumi isn’t as established or dominant but possesses the right traits and will keep improving in the next year or two. It would be wise for the Azzurri to take two stabs.
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