Manchester United have already tabled a contract offer to Napoli’s Kim Min-jae, who ‘dreams’ of playing in the Premier League.
Kim has been linked with a summer move to Old Trafford for months despite only heading to Naples last year.
The defender impressed for South Korea at the Qatar World Cup and has also played a key role in Napoli’s remarkable Serie A title-winning season.
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Erik ten Hag is set to prioritise signing a natural No.9 in the summer transfer window, but he is also keen to improve his team elsewhere.
While Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane have formed an impressive partnership in defence, both players have missed a number of games through injury this campaign.
According to FootMercato, the Red Devils have held talks with the player’s representatives after identifying Kim as their main defensive target.
The same report also claim that United have already made a ‘colossal’ contract proposal to the former Fenerbahce player.
Kim has previously tried to play down talk of another transfer less than a year after moving to Italy, but it is said that the defender ‘dreams’ of playing in England. As things stand, United would also be able to offer Kim Champions League football.
Their move for Kim comes in the wake of Ten Hag claiming that players are now desperate to join United – just 12 months after he struggled to convince players to join him at the club.
“I see a big difference in comparison with last year,” Ten Hag said while speaking about transfers in his pre-match press conference on Friday. “There were a lot of reservations last year when I spoke with players.
“Now many players see the project, what’s going on, the dynamic and the ambition in this project and the quality especially.
“They are really keen to come, I’ve noticed that. Where there were a lot of reservations last year, a lot of doubts when we approached players, this year, many quality players really want to come.”
While players are keen to join Ten Hag’s ambitious rebuilding project at Old Trafford, the manager’s hands are tied in the market amid the ongoing takeover saga.