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Man Utd plot Kim Min-jae transfer but can’t trigger £44m release clause in Napoli defender’s January deal


MANCHESTER UNITED are considering a transfer for Napoli defender Kim Min-jae, according to reports.

The South Korea international, 25, only joined Napoli in the summer after a £16million transfer from Fenerbahce.

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Kim Min-jae signed for Napoli in the summer but caught the eye of Manchester UnitedCredit: Getty

But he impressed for the Italian side, scoring two goals in eight games and helping them top the Serie A table, as well as a 4-1 win over Liverpool.

United are showing interest in Kim and will hold talks with Napoli over signing the centre-back in January, according to CNN Turkey.

The Red Devils are reportedly considering activating Kim’s £44m release clause.

But it is claimed that this clause will not be available in the January transfer window, so United may have to wait or negotiate a fee with Napoli.

Tottenham and Juventus have also shown interest in Kim ahead of his move to Napoli.

But like Erik ten Hag, Antonio Conte opted to sign Clement Lenglet on loan from Barcelona instead.

Ten Hag signed Lisandro Martinez from Ajax and the Argentine has since built up a good defensive partnership with Raphael Varane.

This pair ousted captain Harry Maguire from the United squad, but Gareth Southgate has faith in the England star and backs him to do well at the World Cup.

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He said, “Whatever my reputation is, I put it on that.”

“You always have to back up your judgment and we think he’s an important player.

“If we thought there were experienced players ready to step in and play at a higher level than him, there would be a different consideration and in certain positions there would be a different level of competition that way.

“He is our most dominant aerial centre-back.

“He and John Stones are amazing on the ball – the pressure they’ve put on the team in the tournaments we’ve played because we don’t always have that midfield pivot that can take the game forward.

“That means there’s enormously more pressure on our centre-backs to use the ball well and those two are as good as any football in the world at doing that.”



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