Danny Murphy reveals Manchester United interest in South Korea and Napoli defender Kim Min-jae
Former Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy has revealed that Manchester United are interested in South Korea and Napoli defender Kim Min-jae. However, a price tag of £100 million has been touted over the centre-back’s head.
The 26-year-old joined the Serie A outfit in the recent transfer window from Turkish club Fenerbahce. Since then, he has been in imperial form for both club and country.
Speaking on BBC (h/t Express), Murphy, who spent seven years on the Merseyside outfit’s books, lavished praise on Min-jae for his displays in recent months. He also claimed that United were eyeing the South Korean defender.
“I think his performances recently have been so good. The clubs interested now. I was talking to someone this morning who was saying Manchester United are interested and they are talking £100 million.”
Napoli are currently at the top of the table in the Italian top flight. Luciano Spaletti’s team are unbeaten in the league. The only fixture the Naples-based club lost was against Liverpool in the Champions League.
However, on the European front, the Partenopei still managed to finish top of Group A in the UCL. And Min-jae has been an essential part of their success so far.
The 26-year-old is currently with the South Korean national side in Qatar. In the Taegeuk Warriors’ opening game at the World Cup, the centre-back started and managed to shut out Uruguay in a 0-0 draw.
United’s backline has found a stable partnership in recent weeks with Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez. The French and Argentine duo have been solid for the Red Devils for most parts this season.
However, Varane has had trouble staying fit consistently since his arrival in Manchester in the summer of 2021. While Erik ten Hag does have Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire on the bench, many fans do not trust them.
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Thus, Min-jae is someone who has quickly made a name for himself in European football. And if the Red Devils were looking to add more strength in depth in the centre-back area, the South Korean could seemingly be the answer.