Napoli Trying to Lock Down Premier League-Linked Star

Napoli might not complete any other deal in the January window, but they are hard at work to settle some matters for the future, starting with Kim Min-Jae. The Korean defender has a peculiar €45M release clause for foreign teams that can be activated in the first couple of weeks of July. The price tag is affordable, considering his performances and the rich coffers of Premier League sides.

Per Corriere dello Sport, the Azzurri are ready to hand him a new contract, raising his €2M wages and bringing the exit clause to €60/65M. The club is optimistic about coming to terms with the center-back relatively soon. They paid €19M to snatch him from Fenerbahçe in the summer.

According to Rai journalist Ciro Venerato (via Tuttomercatoweb), Napoli probably won’t sign Azzedine Ounahi in January because the request by Angers is excessive. On the other hand, their main competitor Leeds United have relented as they are focusing on Weston McKennie. If he stayed put, the Partenopei would reprise their pursuit in the next few months. They always intended to onboard him in the summer.

The Azzurri were linked to Josip Brekalo yesterday, but it might have been a red herring by his agents, Alfredo Pedullà reports. They were keen in the past, but they don’t plan to tweak their squad now. Despite some back and forth with Wolfsburg and other sides showing interest, Fiorentina will sign the Croatian winger. Instead, Napoli continue to pursue Adama Traoré, who’ll be out of contract in a few months.

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