Munich, Kim Min-jae close to personal agreement…negotiations progressing rapidly → Man Utd ‘lukewarm’ (Romano)

European soccer transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano wrote on his social media account on Saturday (June 16), “Munich have been presenting the club’s project to Kim Min-jae since this week and are said to be close to a personal agreement. The player is attracted by the rapid progress of the negotiations with Munich.”

Kim had one of his best seasons last season. He established himself as Napoli’s first-choice center back and helped lead them to their first league title in 33 years. He was also named Serie A’s best defender for the 2022-23 season by the Serie A secretariat and was named to the team of the season, or TOTS, list, which recognizes the best teams of the season.

His stellar performances have made him a target for many clubs. Manchester United, Newcastle United, and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) were among the clubs interested in signing Kim, with United being the closest to being linked. Napoli’s partner broadcaster ‘Kiss Kiss Napoli’ said, “Kim Min-jae will go to Manchester United,” while the British media outlet ‘Daily Mail’ said, “Kim Min-jae has already negotiated a transfer with Manchester United and is believed to be close to an agreement. Kim has already said goodbye to his Napoli teammates.”

Kim’s move to Man Utd is now a virtual certainty. “Manchester United have made it clear to Napoli defender Kim Min-jae’s agent that they are interested in signing him,” Sky Sports reported on Tuesday.

However, a new competitor has recently emerged. It’s Bundesliga champions Munich. Santi Auna, who works for French outlet Foot Mercato, wrote on social media on Friday, “Kim Min-jae is on Bayern Munich’s transfer list. There have been talks since last week. The player himself is open to a move to Munich.”

Romano, one of the most authoritative sources, also said on Friday, “Contrary to many reports, nothing has been finalized with Kim Min-jae.안전놀이터 Munich are currently in the running for him.” Now, the situation has changed dramatically, with Munich being a more likely destination than Man Utd.

The move to Munich is getting closer. On June 16, Romano reported that Kim Min-jae is now close to reaching a personal agreement with Munich. It is also reported that Kim Min-jae’s side also wants to go to Munich as the negotiations are progressing rapidly.

Meanwhile, United, who were previously close, are lukewarm. “United are still interested in Kim, but no deal has been reached. His buyout kicks in in July,” Romano said. According to Italy’s Sky Sports, Munich will pay a buyout of €70 million to sign Kim in this summer’s transfer window. The Bavarians are moving faster than United in negotiations, so Kim’s move to Munich is getting closer.