Manchester United have decided they will meet the release clause of Napoli defender Kim Min-jae, according to reports.
The central defender has shone in the Serie A this campaign and attracted interest from Europe after refusing to sign a new contract at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
Min-jae could be the one of the first players to join United this summer, with Erik ten Hag desperate to get more new recruits despite the uncertainty over ownership.
Ten Hag’s debut season in the Premier League was impressive, with last summer’s signings largely shining and showing why the club must financially back the Dutchman in the market if they are to push for the title.
The Red Devils are hoping to improve the team, with a marquee No 9 and a new goalkeeper high on the shortlist of targets.
Though Ten Hag would like to also improve his depth in defence, with Harry Maguire expected to leave the Theatre of Dreams.
Min-jae has been identified as a major target by United, and the club are reportedly keen to pay his £52m release clause.
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According to Calcio Mercato, United have held meetings with the players’s agents and have sounded out that they are ready to offer their client a £6m per season contract.
And he is believed to be ready to ‘say yes’ to the offer and open to joining Man United and being a part of Ten Hag’s project.
The approval is reported to have been what the Premier League side needed as they eye up activating his release clause.
Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool were also linked with Min-jae, though they will be forced to turn their attention to other targets if they are reluctant to act fast and activate the clause in his deal.
Ten Hag was fearful that United’s takeover would affect his summer transfer plans, though signing Min-jae would cool his fears for the time being.