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Manchester United and Newcastle United Lock Horns in Battle for Napoli’s Defensive Gem

Israel Oluwaseg Lawal
Manchester United are actively seeking to reinforce their defensive department and have identified a number of targets.

Manchester United are actively pursuing a center-back signing this summer, with their sights set on an exciting prospect who is also being targeted by Newcastle United.

Kim Min-jae, currently plying his trade at Napoli, has swiftly risen through the ranks as a top defensive talent in recent months. The South Korean played a crucial role in Napoli’s triumphant Serie A campaign, catching the attention of several English clubs. Having joined Napoli from Fenerbahçe last summer with the aim of filling the void left by Kalidou Koulibaly, Kim’s impact has been nothing short of remarkable.

The interest in Kim has intensified, and it is Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag who has earmarked the 26-year-old as his primary defensive target for the upcoming transfer window. With Harry Maguire’s anticipated departure from Old Trafford, ten Hag is keen on bolstering his defensive options for the upcoming season. However, Newcastle United, under the guidance of Eddie Howe, are now ready to challenge Manchester United’s pursuit of the highly-regarded South Korean center-back.

According to reliable sources at talkSPORT, Eddie Howe has expressed a strong desire to acquire Kim’s services during the summer transfer window. If successful, he plans to pair the talented defender with Sven Botman, a move that holds considerable promise for Newcastle United’s defensive stability next season.

Kim’s Napoli contract includes a release clause that will be valid until the first half of July. It is expected that both Manchester United and Newcastle United will be swift in their attempts to activate this clause and secure the services of the South Korean star.

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