Napoli star with €50m buyout clause wants Manchester United transfer

The transfer window will be open soon and it sounds like Manchester United could be edging closer to their first signing of the summer.

According to The Mirror, Napoli defender Kim Min-jae has decided he wants to join Manchester United this summer.

Italian outlet Il Mattino have backed up these claims by saying Kim has already said ‘yes’ to United.

The South Korean international has a €50 million (£43m) release clause and United could look to snap him up this summer after his standout season as Napoli won their first Serie A title in 33-years.

Kim has turned down opportunities to sign an improved deal at Napoli this year, which suggests that he is fully aware of his release clause and how that could attract top clubs like United at the end of the season.

However, the 26-year-old’s release clause is only active for the first two weeks in July. That means the Reds will need to finalise a deal quickly.

The biggest problem facing Erik ten Hag and the club right now is the uncertainty surrounding the sale process. Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim are bidding for different stakes in the club, with the Glazers yet to make a decision.

A new defender should be on the agenda – especially if Kim can be got at a cut-price deal. His value will increase drastically once the deadline has passed for his buyout clause.

It goes without saying that Kim would be a significant upgrade on Harry Maguire.

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