A year later, the tables have turned: Napoli sign Koulibaly to replace Kim Min-jae

Napoli are being linked with the possibility of signing Koulibaly as a replacement for Kim Min-jae, who is expected to leave the club.

‘If Kim Min-jae joins Manchester United, Napoli will look for a replacement from Chelsea,’ Italian media outlet Il Matino reported on Aug. 28 (local time), adding, ‘While United are expected to sign Kim Min-jae in the transfer market this summer, Napoli could bring back Koulibaly on loan. Man United are close to signing Kim Min-jae. Napoli could consider Koulibaly as a replacement for Kim. They will propose a loan move to Chelsea.

Kim has started 35 Serie A games for Napoli this season, leading the defense. With Kim at the heart of the defense, Napoli won their first Serie A title in 33 years.

Napoli lost Koulibaly to Chelsea this season, leaving a gaping hole in their defense. The departure of Koulibaly, who played for Napoli for eight seasons, forced the club to reinforce its defense, which is where Kim Min-jae came in. Kim has been recognized as one of the league’s best defenders since the start of the season, winning the Serie A secretariat’s Player of the Month award last September.

Koulibaly has made 23 Premier League appearances for Chelsea this season. Chelsea finished the season in 12th place in the Premier League and Koulibaly was criticized for performing below expectations. Koulibaly is expected to return to Napoli after just one season. With Kiminjae having filled Koulibaly’s shoes perfectly for Napoli this season, Koulibaly could be tasked with filling Kiminjae’s shoes at Napoli next season.안전놀이터

Kim has been consistently linked with a move to a Premier League club. According to British outlet 90min, “Manchester United are not the only club who want Kim. Liverpool and Newcastle United are both interested in signing him. Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United are also monitoring the situation.

On the 10th, Italian media outlet Napoli Today reported, “Chelsea are also trying to sign Kim Min-jae. Chelsea has proposed a trade involving Koulibaly and Pulisic to sign Kim Min-jae.

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