The transfer is complete. He has also said goodbye to his teammates.
Italian media outlet Il Matino reported on 7 July (KST), “Kim Min-jae has said goodbye to his Napoli teammates ahead of his move to Manchester United. The Red Devils will pay a £43 million buyout clause to acquire Kim. He is expected to be United’s first signing of the summer.”
United have been interested in Kim since the end of last year. In his first season with Napoli, Kim established himself as one of the best defenders in Serie A. He led the team to the fewest conceded goals in the league and won their first title in 33 years.먹튀검증
At the end of the season, he was named ‘Best Defender’ by the league’s secretariat. This was a first for an Asian player.
His move to United is being finalised, but he won’t be joining immediately. He has to clear his defence obligations.
Along with Son Heung-min, Kim won gold in men’s football at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang. This means he only needs to undergo four weeks of basic military training to resolve his military issues.
Kim will enter the training centre in June. Only after he has completed his training will he be able to officially join United.
The Red Devils want to tie up the deal with Kim as soon as possible so they can move on to their next signing. Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount is the favourite. The Blues have agreed personal terms with Mount, but the issue is the high transfer fee Chelsea are demanding.
Chelsea’s asking price for Mount is £70 million. United are reportedly reluctant to pay Chelsea’s asking price.