A former colleague’s comment that Kim Min-jae would have been much more highly regarded had he not been Korean is increasingly being recognized as a general theory. The opinion of the British daily newspaper ‘Daily Mail’ was the same.
On the 12th (Korean time), Kim Min-jae started in 토토사이트 the Italian Serie A home game where Napoli defeated Atalanta 2-0 and showed overwhelming performance until he was replaced due to a light injury.
At the press conference after the game, manager Luciano Spalletti explained in detail his strengths and performances, saying, “To me, Kim Min-jae is the best central defender in the world.” The evaluation of Kim Min-jae was always high, but he was particularly noticeable on the day, so the local media were also highlighting his performance. Various media gave an unusual rating of 7.5 to a center back without an attack point. The fact that Fabrizio Romano, a famous reporter who contributes to ‘Sky Sports’, etc., shared praises of Kim Min-jae in English through social media (SNS) also helped to increase his reputation once more.
At the same time, the British media are excited and are pouring out rumors of Kim Min-jae’s transfer to the English Premier League (EPL). ‘Talk Sports’ mentioned the possibility of transferring to Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham. ‘Torque Offside’ gave strength to Manchester United. What all the media say in unison is that ‘Kim Min-jae is the cheapest this summer’. This is because there is a buyout clause in the contract between Kim Min-jae and Napoli that says that the team can be moved for a certain transfer fee. It varies slightly depending on the report, but it is usually known as a transfer fee of 45 million euros (about 62.8 billion won), which is temporarily triggered this summer.
In particular, the British daily newspaper ‘Daily Mail’ summarized 10 notable news from Serie A to British readers, emphasizing the news of Kim Min-jae.
The media said, ‘If Min-jae had a more exotic last name than Kim, the transfer fee would have been 200 million euros (approximately 279.2 billion won). However, because he is from the East and has little experience in the European big leagues, the price is very low. England’s big clubs are expected to pay the buyout soon.
This high praise is similar to what Minjae Kim’s colleague Renatu Augustu said in Beijing Guoan, China. Augusto said of his teammate Kim Min-jae in 2021, “He is a genius (fenomeno). He knows how to play with the ball. If he was a Brazilian national, he would be playing in Barcelona. In the future, he will stand out in Europe.” Augusto’s words did not attract a lot of attention before Kim Min-jae entered Europe, but media around the world are gradually agreeing with the view that he is an ‘underrated player’.
Kim Min-jae can play in all four-back and three-back center back positions, and he has physical condition, skill, and intelligence. He can master any defensive tactic. He’s a player anyone would want to buy, as he has a relatively low buyout clause for such a player. The competition is expected to be fierce this summer.