Natan has joined Napoli to replace Kim Min-jae.
Napoli officially announced on the club’s website on July 7 (KST) that they have signed Natan from Red Bull Bragançinho. According to transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano, the transfer fee for Natan is 10 million euros (about KRW 14.3 billion), with a contract of five years, and he will replace Kim Min-jae.
Napoli has found a replacement for Kim Min-jae. Kim was one of Napoli’s best performers last season. He was a dominant defender. He competed very well, made tackles and interceptions. In addition, his speed, buildup, and forward movement made for a flawless game. Thanks to Kim, Napoli jumped out to an early season lead and won the Scudetto for the first time in 33 years since the 1989-90 season. They also reached the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) for the first time.
After the end of last season, a move for Kim Min-jae became a reality. He was linked to Manchester United, Newcastle United, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), and others, but Bayern Munich was closer. Kim Min-jae wore a Munich jersey. Napoli didn’t want to sell him but couldn’t hold on to him because he had a buyout clause.
The search for a replacement began. Hiroki Ito (Stuttgart), Kevin Dansaud (Reims), Ko Itakura (Mönchengladbach) and Giorgio Scalvini (Atalanta) were linked to Napoli. 스포츠토토 The transfer speculation continued, but no signings were made. Napoli settled on Nathan.
Nathan is a Brazilian center back who plays for Red Bull Bragançinho. The team is part of the Red Bull Group, along with Salzburg and Leipzig. Born in 2001, Nathan has been the club’s starting center back since 2021. He impressed last season, scoring two goals in 32 league appearances.
It”s fair to say that he”s still an unproven defender on the European stage. However, Napoli are hoping that Natan can follow in the footsteps of Kim Min-jae.