Manchester United consider triggering £42m release clause for Kim Min-jae

Napoli defender Kim Min-jae has enjoyed a terrific season in Serie A.

Despite only joining from Fenerbache in the summer, is believed that Napoli are trying to convince the centre-back to extend his deal already — to avoid losing him in the summer on the cheap.

Reports suggest United have been alerted to a £42m release clause in his contract.

According to Calciomercato (H/t Get Italian Football News), United have ‘made contact’ over the defender, while Napoli are working to increase the player’s clause to €70m (£62m) with an extension.

Kim would be set for a big increase if he was to leave Napoli for a club like United, and it could be a deal worth doing if we lose a centre-back or two in the summer.

Jose Mourinho admitted previously that he wanted to sign Kim whilst in charge of Tottenham.

“I can tell you a story about one of their players. I spoke to him on FaceTime and wanted to buy him at Tottenham, but Tottenham didn’t help me,” Mourinho said in January, as quoted by The Mirror.

“The player cost ten million, Tottenham offered five. A deal could be done for seven or eight, but at that time Tottenham couldn’t spend money.

“I spoke to the lad two or three times via FaceTime, he really wanted to come, but he couldn’t come. And now he’s that ‘rubbish’ defender who plays there, Kim.”

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