Manchester United target Kim Min-jae has labelled rumours linking him with a move away from Napoli as ‘nonsense’ amid widespread interest in his services from across Europe. The defender has revealed that the stories are making him feel ‘uncomfortable’ and pleaded for him to be allowed to focus on winning the Serie A title.
United are expected to be in the market for defensive reinforcements over the summer, with a centre-back to provide depth made a priority by Erik ten Hag. The ex-Ajax boss was not willing to allow either Harry Maguire or Victor Lindelof to leave in the January transfer window, though both players are attracting plenty of interest and could be offloaded in a major reshuffle.
If both stars depart, Ten Hag would be left short of depth in central defence and at least one reinforcement in that department would be required – with Luke Shaw able to be deployed centrally now. Napoli star Min-jae has reportedly been identified as a worthy candidate to make the move to Old Trafford and provide a top-quality rotational option.
However, the 26-year-old has blasted transfer speculation proposing that he will be on the move at the end of the season, insisting that he has not even considered leaving Napoli at this stage as he is fully focused on enjoying success at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
Speaking earlier this week, the South Korean international told the press: “As you know, those rumours are not true at all. I want to focus on my team. I have many tournaments to play in. It’s been four or years I have had these rumours.
“It’s uncomfortable. I wish you don’t spread those stories. I cannot be bothered by transfer rumours because they aren’t true. Now I’m focusing on the team, rather than that kind of nonsense.
“There are so many important matches to go and right now I only want to focus on Napoli.” It remains to be seen whether Min-jae’s pleas deter the reported interest from United or if they will attempt to prise the defender away from the Serie A once the season concludes.
Ten Hag has also made signing a striker and a midfielder a priority for when the campaign concludes, with the Dutchman unhappy with his depth in both departments.
United could also be forced to acquire a goalkeeper over the summer if David de Gea does not pen a contract extension at the club over the coming months, with the Red Devils previously hopeful that the Spaniard would agree to take a salary decrease.