PSG won't give up in pursuit of Napoli defender

Kim Min-Jae, SSC Napoli, PSG
Kim Min-Jae, SSC Napoli, PSG / Francesco Pecoraro/GettyImages

PSG are believed to remain interested in Napoli defender Kim Min-Jae despite a strong interest and an expected bid by fellow European behemoths of Manchester United.

Despite Man Utd's significant progress in the pursuit of Kim Min-Jae, PSG has not given up on their pursuit of the South Korean defender. PSG, who already have Milan Skriniar set to join the club this summer on a free transfer, intend to bolster their central defense further for the upcoming 2023-24 season.

With Sergio Ramos leaving and Presnel Kimpembe expected to remain out at least for a few games at the start of the season, PSG has been actively seeking an additional central defender if only to have some warm bodies available for whoever becomes their next manager to use on a weekly basis.

Alongside the potential arrival of Lucas Hernandez, the Parisian club remains in contention for Kim Min-Jae. The South Korea international and Napoli defender has enjoyed a ridiculous season at his current club.

Kim is coming off completing a campaign that saw him become a Serie A champion and getting named Defender of the Year, but he is all but guaranteed to remain at Napoli. However, the most-probable move for the D-Man seems to point in Manchester's direction at the time of this writing.

According to Foot Mercato, negotiations between Manchester United and Kim Min-Jae "have been on hold for several weeks," allowing other clubs to enter the race. Newcastle, set to compete in the Champions League next season, has shown strong interest and is eager to make the defender a key figure in their defense, although it is unclear if they will be willing to pay a hefty fee for the rights of acquiring the player.

The price issue shouldn't be a problem for PSG to navigate, though, and the French organization has also been lurking in the background, despite having already secured Milan Skriniar.

Luis Campos, PSG's sporting advisor, has not ruled out pursuing Kim Min-Jae. Nevertheless, it seems that the South Korean center-back has a preference for the Premier League, making the Parisian option a lower priority and favoring Man Utd instead if such an offer arrives.

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Chelsea are believed to have entered the conversation of late also, although given the number of players in their defensive line already part of their roster, and the precarious situation of the London club, they are not seen as a serious contender to acquire the defender.