Now Arsenal are calling… Kim Min-jae’s defensive prowess impressed even Arteta

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Kim is enjoying one of his best seasons at Napoli. In his debut season in 2022-23, Kim quickly established himself as the first-choice centre-back and was trusted by Luciano Spalletti to lead Napoli to great heights. In the end, Napoli clinched the title early with five league games remaining, securing their first Scudetto in 33 years.

At the centre of Napoli’s rise was Kim Min-jae. With his natural physicality, steadiness in defence and build-up play, Kim quickly became a key part of the Napoli defence. He was even nominated for the league’s best player award this season.

Since the start of the season, the Red Devils have been keeping tabs on Kim and have even sent scouts to Napoli, which has led to speculation of a move to the club. On the 15th (below), Italian media outlet Il Matino reported that “Kim Min-jae has agreed to join Man United. “The club is already in talks with the player and brokers have convinced him to move to the English Premier League메이저놀이터 (EPL),” the Italian outlet reported.

United have tried to lure Kim with an increased salary. Alongside this, the Red Devils have reportedly offered an amount that far exceeds Kim’s buyout clause in order to perfect the deal with Napoli. Kim’s buyout clause is valid from 1 to 15 July, when the summer transfer window opens, and is said to be worth 45 million euros ($64 billion), but according to British outlet The Sun, United will offer £56 million ($91.5 billion) for Kim.

While United are getting closer and closer to Kim Min-jae, they are not the only club looking for him, and another contender is Manchester City. “Manchester City are one of the clubs monitoring Kim’s situation at Napoli and are looking to offer him a new contract,” said ‘Manchester City News’. They could pay a transfer fee of up to 60 million euros (about 854 million won) for Kim this summer.”

As well as Man United and Man City, Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are also reportedly on the list of interested parties. Given his lower-than-expected buyout clause and his quality, Kim could be one of the hottest centre-backs in Europe this summer.

And Arsenal are paying attention. “Arsenal are one of the clubs keeping tabs on Kim Min-jae, who was sensational in his first season at Napoli and was one of the biggest reasons why Napoli won the Serie A title,” according to British outlet 90min.

“Arsenal’s Rob Holding is likely to leave the club ahead of next season, with manager Mikel Arteta considering Kim Min-Jae as his replacement,” the outlet continued. Holding showed incredible potential when he joined the Gunners in 2016, but a serious knee injury has sidelined him for an extended period of time and his performances have been heavily criticised.” While Arsenal are not yet as heavily linked with Kim as other clubs, the fact that they are interested in him shows just how popular the defender is.

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