Man City join Man United in race to sign Napoli defender Kim Min-Jae

Manchester City ‘join rivals Man United in race to sign Napoli star Kim Min-jae’ this summer – but the Serie A side ‘want £40m for the South Korean centre-back if he rejects a new deal’

  • A number of top European clubs are interested in Napoli’s Kim Min-Jae
  • The defender has had a brilliant debut campaign for the Serie A leaders  
  • 26-year-old is said to favour a move to England if he leaves after just one season 
  • Napoli could remove his £40m release clause by offering him a new contract

Manchester City have joined the group of Premier League clubs that are interested in making a move for Napoli defender Kin Min-Jae in the summer.

The centre-back has had a fine first season in Italy after being signed as a replacement for Kalidou Koulibaly last summer.

Min-Jae has been an ever-present in a team that has run away with the Serie A title and even claimed the league’s Player of the Month award in September.

Premier League rivals Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham have all expressed an interest in activating the £40million release clause of Napoli defender Kim Min-Jae.

And The Sun claim Manchester City have now joined them.

Manchester City have joined the list of clubs interested in Napoli defender Kim Min-Jae

Kim, 26, is said to prefer a move to the Premier League, were he to leave Napoli after just one season.

Spurs hold a slight advantage given the presence of international team-mate Son Heung-min, but the emergence of City, Liverpool and United – as well as Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich – has given the player and his representatives many options.

Napoli could look to remove the release clause – set at £39m (€45m) – by offering Kim a new contract less than 12 months after joining from Fenerbahce for £15m. 

He has been a revelation for the Serie A club, who are currently 16 points clear at the top of table and set for their first title since 1990. 

Min-Jae has had a brilliant debut campaign for the Serie A leaders after signing last summer 

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