Napoli has found a replacement for Kim Min-jae.

“Napoli are close to signing Red Bull Bragantino (Brazilian Serie A) defender Nathan,” Fabrizio Romano, who is well versed in the European soccer transfer market, wrote on Thursday (June 6).

“Bragantino have accepted the final offer from Napoli. Natan will replace Kim Min-jae and the transfer fee is €10 million (approx. KRW144 million). The medical is taking place today,” he added, adding his signature “Here we go” to signify the completion of the deal.

Last season, Napoli made history with rising stars such as Kim Min-jae, Victor Osimhen, Hvitsa Kvarachelia and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa. They won the Scudetto (Italian Serie A title) 33 years after their last victory in the Diego Maradona era in the 1989-90 season.

Among them, Kim Min-jae was by far the best. He fulfilled the crucial task of replacing Kalidou Koulibaly, who was the best center back in the league. Under head coach Luciano Spalletti, he protected Napoli’s goal every game with his aggressive defense, reliable link-up play, and dedication.

He even swept the individual awards. In September of last year, he was named Player of the Month by the Italian Serie A secretariat. This award is usually reserved for attackers. At the end of the season, he was also named Defender of the Year. Kim won both trophies and individual awards.

The end of the season sparked transfer speculation. For three months, big clubs clung to Pulis’ €50 million buyout clause. Chelsea, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), and other top clubs were luring Kim with offers.

He chose Bayern Munich, who were one of the last to jump into the race. The Bavarians announced last month that they had signed Kim Min-jae. The 26-year-old South Korea international joins from Napoli on a five-year contract until June 30, 2028. He will wear the number 3 shirt,” the club announced.

Jan Christian Driessen, CEO of Bayern Munich, said: “Kim Min-jae made great progress with Napoli last season, winning the Italian Serie A title and being named the league’s best defender. He impressed with his physical presence as well as his mental strength and speed. We are delighted to have him on board and we know he will excite our fans.”먹튀검증

Napoli will replace Kim with a Brazilian prospect. Having grown up in Flamengo, Nathan has made a name for himself since moving to Bragançinho. He gradually increased his playing time with solid defense despite his young age. Last season, he played a total of 3,894 minutes in all competitions, establishing himself as a key defender. With the signing of Natan, Napoli will step up their preparations for the 2023-24 season.

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