‘Hoping for Kim’ Pep hasn’t abandoned ‘dream of signing Kim’ yet… “Center back squad ‘one’ spot open”
Manchester City won’t let Kim Min-jae (26-Napoli) go purely to a local rival. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (52) is keeping an eye on Kim Min-jae.메이저놀이터
As Kim’s transfer speculation continues to heat up across Europe, Italy’s Corriere dello Sport reported on July 24 (KST) that the player’s transfer timing and price were being discussed. The outlet believes Kim will move to United in early July, with a transfer fee of 58 million euros ($82.4 billion) expected.
After struggling with a shaky defense this season, United’s top priority is center back. While first-choice center back Hafa Baran has been steady, he has been limited to 21 league appearances due to frequent injuries. Lisandro Martinez, who joined United this season, has been out for the season with a broken metatarsal. Harry Maguire, a longtime United player, has become a “liability” as he makes mistakes at key moments. That’s why United need Kim Min-jae.
Napoli defender Kim Min-jae, left, drives the ball forward during the match. /AFPBBNews=News1
Italy’s Il Mattino recently reported that Kim has also found a place to live in Manchester, England. “Kim has signed a contract for a luxury villa in the Alderley Edge neighborhood of Manchester,” the publication said.
However, there are no guarantees in the summer transfer market, where every second counts. We’ll have to wait and see until the player’s ‘wardrobe reveal’. In the meantime, it has been reported that City are not letting up on their pursuit of Kim Min-jae. “Manchester City are keeping a close eye on the situation surrounding Kim Min-jae ahead of the summer transfer window,” according to ‘Manchester City News,’ which covers City news.
“Guardiola already has a solid squad of center backs in place. However, he is looking to add ‘one more’ in the summer.” “City could be willing to pay up to €60 million ($85.3 billion) for Kim Min-jae,” the report added.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. /AFPBBNews=News1
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola looks on during the match. /AFPBBNews=News1
The outlet praised Kim’s stats this season, noting: “Kim, who led Napoli to the Serie A title, has made 34 league appearances this season. The 26-year-old has made 112 clearances, the most on the team. His tackles and interceptions combined totaled 95.”
Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti’s past interviews are also included. “Kim Min-jae does at least 20 amazing things every game. When he gets the ball and starts running, he reaches the opponent’s penalty area in five seconds,” Spalletti said.
“It’s easy to see why Napoli want to hold on to him and why half of Europe wants to sign him,” the media outlet said. “It won’t be easy for Guardiola to bring in Kim, given the interest from several teams. However, if he wants to strengthen his defense next season, it’s best to bring in Kim Min-jae.”