Manchester United could exploit a quirky clause in the contract of Napoli centre-back Kim Min-jae in the summer of 2023.
According to Corriere dello Sport (print edition December 29, page 5), any club outside of Serie A that wishes to sign the Napoli defender can do so by activating his €50 million release clause – but only from July 1-15.
And with United manager Erik ten Hag keen to bolster his central defensive ranks at Old Trafford, signing the South Korean international seems like a no-brainer.
Raphael Varane’s consistent injury problems are becoming a genuine concern, while Harry Maguire’s future at Old Trafford is far from certain.
It seems as though Ten Hag may have a great opportunity to strengthen his centre-back options, but he will have to wait until the summer.
Manchester United may have chance to sign Kim Min-jae
If Ten Hag does want to bring the 26-year-old defender to United, there will be nothing stopping him from doing so in the summer.
If a club come in and meet his release clause between July 1-15, Napoli will be powerless to keep hold of him. And United should not think twice about exploiting that particular loophole in the former Fenerbahce ace’s contract.
Min-jae would be a very solid addition for United. He is a strong and aerially commanding centre-half. During an interview with the Guardian, the defender labelled himself as a monster and suggested that the word sums up his playing style perfectly.
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