Manchester United are likely to sign a centre-back this summer despite Erik ten Hag being content with his current first-choice pairing in that position.
Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane have forged a great understanding at the heart of United’s defence but their success has meant that some players are highly likely to depart the club this summer.
Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire have both been used sparingly, with left-back Luke Shaw even picked ahead of them in some games.
Napoli defender Kim Min-jae has been one of Serie A’s standout performers as his side marches on toward the Scudetto crown. The South Korean international has been a mainstay in the side, replacing Kalidou Koulibaly with ease.
Kim’s performances have led to a number of European clubs registering their interest and according to reports, United are one of the clubs monitoring the situation.
According to Italian outlet Il Mattino, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is aware that clubs outside the Serie A are capable of stumping up the cash.
As per the report, Napoli are open to letting their star players leave if their valuations are met and reports of a low release clause have been dismissed.
Instead, it’s claimed that Kim’s release clause is variabled at €55-75m, meaning Napoli would walk away with a sizeable profit if they decide to cash in on their star defender just 12 months after signing him.