“I can’t help but forget Koulibaly so quickly..”

Provided by OSEN | 2023.02.07 18:39

[OSEN=강필주 기자] Praise continues for Kim Min-jae (27, Napoli) from the ‘Blue Iron Pilar’.

Kim Min-jae joined Napoli last year as a substitute for Kalidou Koulibaly (32, Chelsea). At that time, very few people expected Kim Min-jae, who was from the outskirts of Asia and played in the Turkiye league.

However, as the season began, Kim Min-jae turned his distrust into confidence. With the firm trust of coach Luciano Spalletti, he has established himself as a key defender at Napoli. He continued to play in Italy’s Serie A as well as the UEFA Champions League and was recognized as one of the best players in Europe.

Kim Min-jae’s brilliant performance makes Napoli’s first win in the Scudetto (Serie A) a reality in 33 years. Experts as well as fans do not miss the now departed Koulibaly. It is a situation where the affection for Kim Min-jae grows more and more.

However, Kim Min-jae’s consistent performance in Napoli was a bit worrying. This is due to the buyout clause signed by Kim Min-jae with Napoli. Kim Min-jae signed a 3 + 2 year contract with Napoli, but for two weeks from July 1 to 15 after the end of this season, there is a purchase clause of about 50 million euros (about 67.6 billion won) for foreign clubs, except for Italian clubs, it is triggered

As the season progresses, more clubs pay attention to Kim Min-jae. There are a number of major clubs that focus on English Premier League (EPL) clubs such as Manchester United and Tottenham. Napoli want to eliminate or significantly raise this buyout clause through a contract renewal. However, Kim Min-jae seems to be focused on the season.

Italy’s ‘Tutomercato Web’ reported on the 7th (Korea time), “Kim Min-jae has a 50 million euro clause and the club wants to get rid of him.” “Few people would have expected that Min-jae Kim would make Koulibaly forget in such a short time,” he said.

Also, “Physically strong, fast, and rarely makes mistakes, Kim Min-jae has a 50 million euro buyout clause that allows only foreign clubs to sign in the summer,” he said. “Napoli is trying to get rid of this clause through a new contract. I replaced a player born in 1996 who was worth 20 million euros (about 27 billion won). Now, it is difficult to replace Kim Min-jae unless he’s a player with that value.” /letmeout@osen.co.kr

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