Can Min-jae Kim (27, Napoli), “currently the best center back in the world,” become a Premier League player? The possibilities are gradually increasing.

Foreign media such as Sports Talk reported on the 14th that Kim Min-jae may transfer after this season to Premier League 안전놀이터 prestigious Manchester United, Liverpool, and Tottenham, who are looking for the world’s best central defender. Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti said in an interview with DAZN, “Premier League trio Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United are interested in signing a Serie A defender.” Spalletti added, “Kim Min-jae does amazing things at least 20 times per game.”

Despite being tall (1m90), Kim Min-jae is as fast and smart as a striker. His instantaneous clearing and shooting-like attack are his trademarks. Danny Murphy, who played as a midfielder for Liverpool and Tottenham and now works as a commentator, said, “If a recruitment war breaks out, the price of Min-jae Kim could rise exponentially.” Italian media ‘Ilmartino’ said, “Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp was fascinated by Min-jae Kim’s play in the European Champions League.” When Kim Min-jae moved from Fenerbahce to Naples last year, he received attention from coach Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid.

Kim Min-jae scored 2 goals and 1 assist in 33 matches across all competitions at Napoli this season. He played 25 of 26 matches in Serie A. Thanks to Kim Min-jae’s stable defense, Napoli is on the verge of winning Serie A for the first time in 33 years since 1990. With 12 league matches remaining this season, Napoli recorded 68 points with 22 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses, and is running an overwhelming lead, far beating 2nd place Inter Milan with 18 points. During 26 games, the number of goals conceded is 16 goals (60 points), which is first in the league in both goals and goals.

Kim Min-jae has a contract with Napoli until June 2025. His buyout amount is known to be 45 million euros (approximately 63 billion won). If a place that pays that amount appears, Kim Min-jae can go to that team regardless of the will of the Napoli club. The transfer fee recorded when Kim Min-jae came to Naples from Fenerbahce was 18.05 million euros (approximately 25.3 billion won). The current market price of Kim Min-jae is 35 million euros, which is estimated at about 49 billion won. At 35 million euros, he is about 30th in the world’s central defender ransom rankings. With Kim Min-jae making 45 million euros, if the Premier League enters, he could break into the top 20 of the world rankings. Currently, the world’s highest ransom price for a central defender is 75 million euros (approximately 105.1 billion won), which is held by Yoszko Gvardiol (Leipzig) from Croatia. The media predicted, “Napoli will find it difficult to capture a star defender in the transfer market this summer as Liverpool and Manchester United are interested in signing Kim Min-jae.”

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