Kim Min-Jae’s agent has confirmed that Manchester United have been long-time admirers of his client but insisted that there has been no concrete interest as of yet in a summer deal for the centre-back.
On the back of the exceptional first season he has in Italian football, one would expect a whole host of clubs, particularly from the Premier League, to have their eye on Kim, who looks made for English football.
That is indeed the case according to 90 min, who reported last week that Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool are among the clubs who hold an interest in the South Korean ahead of the summer transfer window.
The publication revealed that Spurs have sent scouts to the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium to watch the defender in action on multiple occasions this campaign.
It was explained that while Napoli have not given up hope that Kim will sign a new deal, there is now thought to be an acceptance that bids in excess of €60m (£52.1m) would be difficult to turn down.
Kim’s agent has now refuted suggestions that the defender is on his way to Old Trafford, insisting that the player’s future remains open.
He told Star News Korea (via Fabrizio Romano): “It’s not true that a deal is closed with Manchester United. There is no hurry for the future.
“United have been interested in Kim since he was in China, we only spoke but I repeat: there has been no concrete contact.”
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The only potential ace that Spurs have up their sleeve in the race for Kim is Heung-min Son, since the North London club would be hoping that the forward can persuade his international teammate to join him at N17.
However, I doubt that would be enough as the Napoli star would likely want to join a club where he can compete for major honours, especially since he has now tasted success in Italy.
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