Manchester United boost: Newcastle believe £52m star will reject them for Red Devils
The player in question is Kim Min-Jae of Napoli.
According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle hold an interest in Napoli’s Kim Min-jae but believe Manchester United are leading that chase ahead of themselves.
Kim Min-jae has only been with Napoli since the summer of 2022 but he is already one of the best centre-backs in the Serie A.
The 6ft 2 stopper has featured in all but two of Napoli’s 37 Serie A games so far this season.
In that time the now Serie A champions have shipped just 28 goals, which is the best record in the division.
His excellent form has seen Kim linked with Manchester United a fair bit over the course of the current campaign and the Red Devils could do with his quality in their backline.
Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane are great options, but Manchester United lack any real quality at the back outside of that duo.
Victor Lindelof is an underwhelming third-choice, whilst Harry Maguire has fallen out of favour and could leave Old Trafford in the summer.
A fee of £52m is said to be enough to pry Kim Min-Jae away from Napoli.
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