Bayern Munich are waiting for Kim Min-jae to complete his basic military training before signing him.
Last season, Kim proved his worth in Serie A. He established himself as Napoli’s first-choice center back in his first season with the club and helped lead them to their first league title in 33 years. He went on to be named Serie A’s best defender and best team.
His performances in Italy, the home of defense, were enough to attract interest from big clubs, with Manchester United among them. According to European soccer transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano, the Red Devils even sent a scout to Napoli to observe Kim, and his move to the Red Devils looks closer than ever.
However, Munich entered the fray. The Red Devils were able to convince Kim with a more substantial offer and a higher price tag than United, who were unable to focus on negotiations due to the club’s takeover. Santi Auna, who works for French media outlet Foot Mercato, said on March 15 (KST), “Kim Min-jae is on Munich’s list. There have been talks since last week. 토토사이트 The player himself is open to a move to Munich.”
Reports of Kim’s move to Munich have continued since then. Following Auna, Romano said on the 18th, “The agreement between Kim Min-jae and Munich is almost complete. His transfer now seems to be a matter of time,” and two days later, on the 20th, “Nothing has changed. Munich are the frontrunners for Kim Min-jae and the deal is almost complete. This week will be crucial,” claiming that Kim’s move to Munich is on track.
The transfer fee and salary are also slowly taking shape. According to Florian Plettenberg of German outlet Sky Sports, Kim’s transfer fee is expected to be in the region of 50 million euros ($71.7 billion). Plettenberg also added that Kim’s salary in Munich will be between 10 million euros (approximately $14.3 billion) and 12 million euros (approximately $17.2 billion).
Meanwhile, Kim is currently undergoing basic military training in South Korea. The athlete, who won a gold medal at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games, is eligible to complete basic military training as a special exception to military service. The athlete, who entered the military on July 15, is currently undergoing four weeks of basic military training. He is expected to complete his training in early July and is likely to confirm his move to Munich immediately.
So far, Munich has been dragging its feet. German media outlet Kicker has also taken note. “German champions Munich are targeting Kim Min-jae, but he is currently unavailable for direct talks due to his military service. Munich will have to wait another week or so to finalize the transfer.” Kim has a buyout clause in his contract that kicks in two weeks from July 1, and the Bavarians are hoping that Kim will complete his training and trigger the buyout as soon as possible.