Man Utd plotting Kim Min-jae transfer swoop as Napoli's star's £42m release clause set to become active for 15-day period

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Manchester United are reportedly plotting a surprise swoop for Napoli defender Kim Min-Jae after being alerted to his £42 million release clause.
  • Napoli defender release clause revealed
  • He's starred in run to Serie A summit
  • United could target defender in summer

WHAT HAPPENED? According to Corriere dello Sport in Italy, United are considering a summer move for Kim as Erik ten Hag seeks to bolster his defensive line. The Napoli star's release clause is set to become active for a 15-day period in the summer window, and United will have to move quickly to secure his signature. The Italian giants are said to be eager to tie Kim down to a new contract that could see his buy-out clause increase to £57m ($69m), but he could yet be tempted by a move to Old Trafford.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The 26-year-old South Korea international has impressed for Napoli this season on their barnstorming run to the Serie A summit. Kim and his teammates are currently 15 points clear at the top of the Italian top flight.

AND WHAT'S MORE: United may well be in the market for a central defender this summer. Although Ten Hag sanctioned a deal for Lisandro Martinez last summer, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have both seen their game-time reduce and it has been reported that they could seek escape routes from Old Trafford.

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WHAT NEXT FOR NAPOLI? The runaway Serie A leaders will take on Empoli, Lazio and Atalanta in Serie A before the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie versus Eintracht Frankfurt on March 15.