During his interview with Il Corriere Dello Sport, Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli revealed the details of Kim Min-jae’s release clause amid reports linking the South Korea international with a move to Manchester United. 

The former Fenerbache centre-back joined the Partenopei for €18m last summer, replacing Kalidou Koulibaly who had signed for Chelsea.

Reports in the UK in September had linked the 26-year-old with a move to Manchester United in January with the Red Devils reportedly open to matching his €50m clause.

Italian media had already clarified that the Premier League giants could not activate the defender’s clause in January and Napoli director Giuntoli described exactly how the clause works.

“It is only valid for foreign clubs and it’s accessible in a window in July, for just 15 days,” he said.

Is it worth €50m?

“It’s variable, it depends on the revenues of the potential buyer. It’s all theoretical given that we are already thinking about changing these terms.”

This confirms that the Serie A leaders are already considering extending with their star defender who signed a contract until 2025 last summer.

Giuntoli revealed that Italian coach Massimiliano Maddaloni had told him to scout Kim when the South Korean defender was playing in the Chinese Super League.

“He [ Maddaloni] was with me in 2011 at Carpi and was also Marcello Lippi’s assistant in China. He told us to keep an eye on this big boy, so we started working on him.”

2 thought on “Napoli director describes in detail Kim’s release clause amid Man Utd interest”
  1. hes been very good, but wouldn’t buy him yet, give him at least 2 seasons in serie a to see if can continue this form

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