Booked – Man Utd beat rivals to sign £49.5m player – Report

Kim Min-Jae Napoli

Newcastle United seriously moved in to sign Kim Min-Jae but the player is heading to join Manchester United instead.

Yesterday, we covered a story (via Il Mattino) claiming that the South Korean international has agreed a contract with the Red Devils.

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As per today’s version of Corriere dello Sport (press image provided below), the 26-year-old defender left Naples with with twelve bags to travel to South Korea indicating he will not be returning to Italy.

His current deal has a clause that can be activated in the first fifteen days of the next month and Man Utd have already “booked” him for a while.

The Rome based outlet claim the last minute attempts made by Newcastle went in vain as the player is headed to Old Trafford.

As far as the amount of the release clause is concerned, two days ago, CdS reported that Erik ten Hag’s team will be paying 58 million euros (£49.5m) to Napoli to get the deal done.

The Italian news source claim the Serie A champions have been preparing for the departure of Kim Min-Jae for some time and are already looking at options to replace him.

The Partenopei have set eyes on Bologna’s Jhon Lucumi and also have Slovakian and Feyenoord defender, David Hancko, on their radar.

At Old Trafford, Varane and Martinez have been Ten Hag’s first choice central defenders. In your view, who should Kim replace in Man Utd’s starting XI next season?

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