- Manchester United will likely be looking to bolster their defence next summer
- South Korea international Kim Min-jae could be the option for Erik Ten Hag
- Min-jae recently signed new deal with Napoli, which includes an odd clause
Manchester United has been placed in an interesting predicament in their pursuit of South Korea defender Kim Min-jae.
United could do with some defensive bolstering in January , as defence is the department that has shown some degree of weakness in Erik ten Hag’s side this season.
Aside from Tottenham’s 21 goals, United have conceded the most among the top eight in the Premier League so far this season.
Their 2-1 win over Fulham before the World Cup break once again exhibited their need to keep it tighter at the back, and they might have found a perfect partner for either Raphael Varane or Lisandro Martinez.
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26-year-old Min-jae arrived at Napoli in the summer and has been crucial for Luciano Spaletti’s side’s title push so far this season.
According to football insider Fabrizio Romano however, the South Korean could be set for an early exit from Naples, with United among the interested parties.
The interesting release clause
The South Korean has a release clause of £40m, but the clause will only be active for a fortnight - meaning United will have to be extremely swift to acquire the Napoli man’s services.
Min-jae would be a decent addition at Old Trafford, especially with the impending exits of Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe as free agents next summer.
Currently, the defender is on World Cup duty with the Tigers of Asia, who are on the verge of elimination after a 3-2 defeat to Ghana.
They must beat Portugal in their final Group H game to have any chance of advancing.
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The Portugal star became a free agent this month after his contract at the Red Devils was terminated, with seven months still remaining.
The 37-year-old is not expected to stay clubless for long, and has since been linked with a stunning move to Saudi giants Al Nassr.
Source: Sports Brief News