Kim Min-Jae Set to Join Manchester United for a Record Transfer Fee

Manchester United are closing in on a record transfer deal for Napoli centreback Kim Min-Jae, with the Red Devils set to exercise the South Korean international’s release clause in the next two weeks.

The 26–old is expected to sign a five-year contract at Old Trafford and become Manchester United’s most expensive defender ever, with reports suggesting that the fee will come close to €60 million.

This would also make Min-Jae one of the most expensive defenders in football history, as only Harry Maguire has commanded a bigger fee when he joined from Leicester City for £80 million in 2019.

Min-Jae is considered one of the finest centre-backs in Serie A and has been integral to Napoli’s success this season, making 45 appearances across all competitions and chipping in with two goals and three assists.

The South Korean international has been on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s radar since the beginning of 2021 and looks set to add another dimension to United’s defence which had come under criticism for their inconsistency throughout this campaign.

Min-Jae is known for his technical ability on the ball as well as his defensive positioning, and pairing him up with Harry Maguire could potentially form an ideal partnership between experience and youth. He will be wearing the iconic Manchester United jersey soon enough.

His signing could also mean that Victor Lindelof or Eric Baily might have to fight for their place in the starting XI, though both have proven themselves over several seasons at Old Trafford so there should be no lack of competition amongst Solskjaer’s defensive options next season.

United fans will be watching this transfer saga closely as they hope Min-Jae can bring some stability to their backline while providing some attacking impetus from deep when needed. With a record fee being agreed upon, there will be pressure on him from day one but if he can live up to expectations then Manchester United might just have found themselves a world class defender whose impact could extend far beyond this season.

Ten Hag’s First Season at Manchester United Been A Success?

Erik ten Hag’s first season at Manchester United has been a success. After six years without a trophy, Ten Hag managed to end the drought and secure Champions League football in his first season as manager. His performance has set the bar high for the coming season, but it is clear that he has what it takes to bring Manchester United back to its former glory.

Despite taking over a team that had endured six consecutive trophyless seasons, Erik ten Hag managed to restore a sense of optimism among supporters with his impressive debut season. In just three months, he led the Red Devils to a top four finish in the Premier League and secured them Champions League qualification for 2021/22. He also guided Manchester United into the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and Europa League, where they were eventually eliminated on penalties by Villarreal.

Off-field developments have been just as impressive under Ten Hag’s stewardship. He helped create an atmosphere of professionalism around Old Trafford, instilling discipline into a previously disjointed squad and improving players’ attitudes towards training and attitude off-the-pitch. The club also made some savvy investments in the transfer market, bringing in star players like Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles – all of whom have had an immediate impact on the team’s performances.

On top of this, Ten Hag implemented an exciting brand of attacking football at Manchester United which was very well received by fans and critics alike. The Red Devils scored 76 goals in 38 league games – more than any other side in their division – with their quick interchanging passing move causing chaos amongst opposition defences. They also topped the ‘goals per match’ stats across Europe’s top five leagues and earned numerous plaudits along the way for their attractive brand of football.

Erik ten Hag’s first season at Manchester United has been nothing short of remarkable given the expectations when he took over back in December 2020. His ability to seamlessly blend together youth players such as Mason Greenwood alongside experienced veterans such as Paul Pogba or Bruno Fernandes to form an exhilarating unit on-the-pitch has been truly inspiring for Red Devils fans around the world who are now eagerly awaiting what next season may bring wearing their favourite Manchester United jersey 2023-24!