The two teams that want Kim Min-jae are currently the first and second best clubs in the world.카지노사이트
Toby Altshaffle, a Munich reporter for Germany’s Sport Bild, said on the 22nd (KST), “The favorite target for a central defender is Kim Min-jae. Discussions are underway with the club’s hierarchy. According to information, there was a secret meeting on Wednesday. Negotiations between Munich director Marco Neppe and Kim’s agent, Lorenzo Rita, took place in Lisbon, Portugal.” Altschaffl is a highly respected Munich journalist.
Currently, the Bavarians are most interested in the center back position. The Bavarians are in the market for a new center back after Luca Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard’s futures became unclear. Dayo Upamecano’s form has also been shaky in the second half of the 2022-23 season, so they are looking for a player who can compete with Matthias De Ligt and Upamecano.
That player was Kim Min-jae. This was thanks to Kim’s breakout season at Napoli. After just one season in the Italian Serie A, Kim had perfected everything a defender can do.
It started with the September Player of the Month award, and Kim Min-jae gave Napoli their first Scudetto in 33 years. Not only was he named to the league’s Team of the Year, which he had been aiming for, but he also became the first Asian player to win the league’s Best Defender award, properly recognizing his world-class status.
It was only natural that his price tag would rise. From July 2022 to June 2023, Kim’s price tag rose by a whopping 46 million euros (about 64.3 billion won), and now stands at 60 million euros (about 83.9 billion won). That’s the fourth highest price for a player born in 1996 and the eighth highest for any center back in the world.
It didn’t take long for big European clubs to take notice. Midway through the season, Kim was the subject of numerous transfer rumors. Several clubs were mentioned, but Munich were the most active.
The Bavarians moved quickly to sign Kim Min-jae, and once again, it was all about the Bavarians. Munich’s transfer market strategy is cautious and fiery at the same time. They are very cautious when it comes to setting targets, but once they have them, they take a bold approach.
After assuring Kim that they would make a formal offer as soon as the buyout window opened, the Bavarians entered into private negotiations. The negotiations went well, but once again, a final agreement was not possible.
To be more precise, it is impossible to reach a final agreement. This is because Kim Min-jae is currently undergoing basic military training at Nonsan Training Center. He will be discharged on the 5th of next month.
“Basically, the talks with the player’s side are going well,” said the Altstadt reporter. However, Munich has not yet reached an agreement. This is because Kim Min-jae, who is on military training in South Korea, is unable to take part in the negotiations.”
Fabrizio Romano, who works for the UK’s The Guardian and is well versed in European soccer news, added: “The personal negotiations between Munich and Kim Min-jae are close to a full agreement. Positive talks have seen a contract almost agreed until 2028. Munich have confirmed that they will pay the release clause in July,” but added a caveat: “Nothing will be finalized until the player completes his military training in South Korea.”
Nonetheless, it’s Munich’s proactivity that makes a move for Kim highly likely. So far, the Bavarians are the only club to have met and communicated directly with Kim. Other clubs have shown interest but have not actively negotiated.
“The Munich hierarchy hasn’t even made a phone call or video call to Kim, but that could change in two weeks when Kim’s training ends. His buyout clause is 50 million euros ($71.3 billion) until mid-July. “He would be the first alternative to Luca Hernandez, who wants to move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG),” said the club, adding that they are actively pursuing his signature.
There are already many observers in Germany who believe that all that remains is for the contract to be signed. Florian Plettenberg, a reporter for Germany’s Sky Sports, who is very familiar with the German transfer market, said on February 22: “Munich want to finalize the transfer of Kim Min-jae as soon as possible. The first meeting with the player’s agent has been held for 72 hours. We are working on the last details to reach a verbal agreement. The Munich hierarchy is optimistic about the signing of Kim Min-jae,” the source explained, adding that a verbal agreement is just around the corner.
Plettenberg even mentioned the details of the contract. At the moment, Munich wants to sign Kim on a five-year contract until the 2027-28 season, with a salary of €10-12 million (approximately KRW 142-171 million). Kim’s personal terms are very good for the Munich squad.
In addition, German publication Bild analyzed Munich’s summer transfer window and gave the club an “80% chance” of signing Kim Min-jae. Kyle Walker (Manchester City) was rated at 60%, Pau Torres (Villarreal) and Randal Colomuani (Frankfurt) at 30%, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) at 25%, and Dusan Blahovic (Juventus) at 20%. Only Kim Min-jae was overwhelmingly high.
While a move to Munich seems likely, it’s not without contingencies. Manchester United would certainly want Kim, and there are reports that Manchester City, led by Pep Guardiola, are also keeping tabs on him.
Germany’s ‘TZ’ reported on the 21st that “While Kim Min-jae favors a move to Munich, Manchester United, Newcastle United and another Premier League club are showing interest. Man City and Guardiola are keeping an eye on him,” reported TZ.
The fact that even Man City is interested in Kim is further proof of his quality. City and Munich are the No. 1 and No. 2 clubs in the UEFA club rankings. The UEFA ranking points are based on a team’s performance in European competition over the last five years.
Over the past five years, City have been considered favorites every time, and they’ve delivered. They have a commanding lead in the rankings with 146 points. The second-place finisher, Bayern Munich, is a distant second. Despite a disappointing 2018-19 season, they won the title in 2019-20, finishing well ahead of third-place Chelsea and fourth-place Liverpool.
These are the two teams that want to win the UEFA Champions League every season and are the closest to doing so at the moment. It’s also worth noting that Pep Guardiola, one of the best managers in soccer history, and Thomas Tuchel, one of the best coaches of our time, both want Kim.
However, there is still time for his buyout to be triggered, and the player is currently unavailable to the outside world, making it impossible for any club to finalize a deal. In the end, it seems that the hotly anticipated transfer of Kim Min-jae will not be finalized until after his basic military training.