Napoli is fearful of losing one of their best players Kim Min-jae and will likely be looking to increase the release clause of the defender.
Kim Min-Jae, a new addition to Napoli this season, has established himself as one of the best defenders in Europe. The 26-year-old South Korean center-back joined Napoli last summer from Fenerbahce for a transfer fee of approximately €18m.
He signed a three-year contract with an option for two additional years, which includes a release clause of €48m that is valid this summer for foreign clubs.
According to an article in Corriere dello Sport, Napoli’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, is eager to offer Kim a new contract to prevent him from leaving the team in the summer. The new contract will include an increase in salary and a raise in the release clause from €48m to €65m.
Napoli is keen on keeping Kim in their squad, as he has been a crucial part of their success this season, consistently delivering solid performances. He has played in 30 games across all competitions, accumulating a total of 2603 minutes, and has only missed one league game.
The news comes as speculation has mounted that numerous teams, including Premier League’s Manchester United, have shown an interest in the player and see the current release clause as a bargain price for a defender of Kim’s ability.