Liverpool set to ‘rival’ Manchester United in Napoli centre-back Kim Min-jae pursuit
Premier League rivals Liverpool are set to ‘rival’ Manchester United in their pursuit of Napoli defender Kim Min-jae, according to Italian publication Rai via FourFourTwo (h/t Metro).
The South Korea international has been linked with a number of top clubs around Europe after an impressive season with the Partenopei. Earlier, the Red Devils were seen as favourites to land his signature.
But now, the Merseyside outfit are looking to acquire the 26-year-old’s services. To that end, the Anfield side are willing to pay around £60 million for the centre-back.
Apart from the Old Trafford side and Jurgen Klopp’s team, in the English top flight, Tottenham Hotspur are also eyeing Min-jae. European giants Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain also have the defender on their radar.
The 26-year-old made his way to the Naples-based club in the summer of 2022 from Turkish outfit Fenerbahce. However, the centre-back has caught a lot of people’s attention with his displays with the Serie A giants.
Napoli are currently top of the league and on course to win their first Scudetto in over three decades. The South Korean has been ever-present and pivotal to Luciano Spalletti’s plans in the current campaign.
Liverpool have struggled defensively this season. Virgil van Dijk has not been at his best. The likes of Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez have left a lot to be desired as well.
As for United, we have found a solid partnership with Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez in the backline. Therefore, the signing of Min-jae is not something that the Red Devils should evidently prioritise.
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Therefore, it would be wise of us to first focus on other areas of the pitch. However, it will be interesting to see whether the Old Trafford side’s hands will be forced by the Merseyside outfit coming into the fold.