Italian media claimed that Napoli benefited from Todd Boley’s Chelsea-led scouting storm.
The Italian media, Gazzetta dello Sport, reported on the aftermath of the transfer to Chelsea on the 1st (Korean time), saying, “Napoli was able to bring Kim Min-jae thanks to Chelsea. Thank you Chelsea.”
Kim Min-jae received a lot of attention from the club last summer when he played for Fenerbahçe, a prestigious Turkish club.
When several teams, including French Ligue 1 Stade Rennes and Marseille, sought to recruit Kim Min-jae, they even made specific proposals. 메이저사이트
“At that time, Napoli decided to sell Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer transfer market,” Gazzetta dello Sport said. I explained the situation at the time.
“Chelsea started moving in July and Koulibaly’s transfer was getting closer. So Napoli bought time to make Kim Min-jae not accept Ren’s offer, and he was able to convince him by dispelling his doubts,” he said.
It is said that Chelsea’s proposal to recruit Koulibaly was the reason Kim Min-jae waited for Napoli’s offer.
At the time, Chelsea, the new owner of the club, Todd Boley, an American, made a huge transfer fee investment at the same time as the acquisition, and brought a blast to the transfer market.
Chelsea have taken steps to sign outstanding players one after another, including Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella, Wesley Popana and Raheem Sterling. In the end, Chelsea’s recruitment at the time had a huge impact on Kim Min-jae’s transfer to Naples.
Gazzetta dello Sport also emphasized the urgent situation at the time, saying, “If Chelsea had moved a week later, Kim Min-jae would not have been a Napoli player today.”
Kim Min-jae, who accepted the Napoli persuasion, eventually recorded a transfer fee of 18 million euros (approximately 25.2 billion won) and wore a Napoli uniform.
Kim Min-jae has been reborn as the core of Napoli’s defense, showing an activity that surpasses his predecessor, Koulibaly.
This season, Napoli led the league and contributed greatly to the challenge for the first championship in 33 years. He was also recognized for his top-tier defense in the league by winning the Serie A Player of the Month award in September of last year.
According to the US statistics company ‘Five Thirty Eight’, Napoli’s current chance of winning is 92%, and Kim Min-jae is highly likely to lift the Scudetto, which even Koulibaly has not been able to do since the first year of transfer.