MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Kim Min-jae.
That’s after the star was offered a new contract by Napoli removing his £42million release clause.
ReutersNapoli hope Man Utd target Kim Min-jae signs a new deal removing his release clause[/caption]
United are thought to be keen on signing Kim this summer after his stunning debut season in Italy.
The South Korean centre-back played 35 times as Napoli won their first Serie A title in nearly three decades.
Newcastle are also monitoring the situation as they consider making a bid.
But Napoli are reportedly planning to stun suitors by tying Kim down to a new deal which removes his impending clause.
The Telegraph claims the defender has already been presented with fresh terms by the champions.
And the bargain £42m option will be taken out entirely, preventing sides from landing Kim on the cheap.
The report adds that Napoli are yet to hold talks with any sides over Kim.
And United are sure to be sweating over the ace’s decision as they look to shake up their squad.
Kim’s choice will play a huge part in the future of misfit captain Harry Maguire.
Ten Hag is ready to led the England man go.
But Maguire is reportedly digging his heels in as he plans a further season at Old Trafford.