An Italian journalist is hoping that Kim Min-jae (27), who is increasingly expected to part ways with Napoli, will stay.
According to Italy’s Calcio Napoli 1926, Italian journalist Umberto Chiariello appeared on Radio Napoli Centrale’s “Un Calcio alla Radio” on the 26th (KST) and left his opinion on the future of Kim Min-jae.
Kim Min-jae has been a key defender for Napoli, who won their first Serie A title in 33 years. He erased pre-season concerns by seamlessly filling the void left by Kalidou Koulibaly (32, Chelsea), who was deemed ‘irreplaceable’.
Now, Kim is no longer a “nobody” from Fenerbahçe (Turkkiye), but one of the “best defenders in the world” coveted by big clubs such as Manchester United, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Bayern Munich.
United, who are looking to rebuild their squad under Eric ten Hagh, are the most active pursuers. Along with Rafael Varane and Lisandro Martinez, 안전놀이터 the Red Devils want to use Kim as their core defense.
Most Italian media outlets, including Il Martino, have already reported that the move to Man Utd has been finalized. Even if it’s not Man United, it’s widely expected that Kim will part ways with Napoli.
Chiariello is disappointed to see Kim leave Napoli after making such an impact in just one season. He is especially disappointed as he had insisted until recently that “Kim will never leave Napoli”.
“Kim is a very rare defender,” Chiariello said. “He’s still a player who can run immediately when needed and understand when to choose his opponent over the ball,” Chiariello said, “That’s why I’m really worried about his departure.
Kim has the ability to proactively mark specific attackers as well as intercept attacks. At the same time, he is highly regarded for his quick feet, his ability to compete for aerial balls, and his wide vision.