‘Napoli should thank Chelsea → Recruiting Kim Min-jae is fortunate’
Italian local media indicated that Napoli were able to sign Kim Min-jae thanks to Chelsea’s rush to sign Koulibaly.
Italian media Gazzetta delloport said on the 1st (Korean time), ‘It was fortunate that Napoli recruited Kim Min-jae in the transfer market last summer. Napoli could not actively negotiate the transfer of Kim Min-jae with Fenerbahce until Koulibaly’s transfer materialized. Fortunately, Chelsea made a concrete move in mid-July and after that Napoli had enough time to convince Min-Jae Kim not to accept Rennes transfer. If Chelsea had moved just a week late in signing Koulibaly, Kim Min-jae would not have been at Napoli.”
Chelsea announced the signing of Koulibaly on July 16 last year. Afterwards, 안전놀이터 Napoli started looking for a replacement for Koulibaly, and Napoli announced the signing of Kim Min-jae on July 27. Rennes of French Ligue 1 was ahead of the competition to recruit Kim Min-jae, but after that, Napoli actively sought to recruit Kim Min-jae, and Napoli eventually succeeded in signing Kim Min-jae.
Kim Min-jae is evaluated for filling the void left by Koulibaly in Naples this season. With Kim Min-jae leading the defense, Napoli is running at the top of Serie A with the fewest goals conceded in the league. Kim Min-jae is recognized as the league’s top player, winning the Player of the Month award selected by the Serie A Secretariat in September last year.