Bayern Munich confirm the signing, of Kim Min-Jae from Napoli on a five-year deal with €50m transfer fee.
Kim Min-jae: “FC Bayern is every footballer’s dream. I’m really looking forward to everything that awaits me in Munich. For me it means a new beginning, I will continue to develop here”
“During the talks with the club, it was made clear to me right from the start how big the interest in me is. My first goal is to play a lot of games. In addition, I want to win as many titles as possible.”
Jan-Christian Dreesen: “Kim Min-jae has made a great development, most recently won the Italian league with SSC Napoli and was voted the best defender in Serie A. He impresses with his physical presence as well as with his mentality and pace”
“We are happy that he can start preparing immediately and we are convinced that he will impress our fans with his style of play.
One of Napoli’s star performers en route to the club winning their first Serie A title in 33 years, Kim made 35 league appearances in 2022/23, as well as a further nine during their run to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
The 26-year-old, who also started three of South Korea’s four group games at the 2022 World Cup, ranked in Serie A’s top 15 for percentage of challenges won, and even chipped in with a couple of goals and assists.
“Min-jae Kim has developed extremely well, winning the Serie A title with Napoli last season and being voted the best defender in the league,” commented Bayern CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen.
“He impresses with his physical presence, as well as his mentality and speed. We’re pleased he can immediately take part fully in pre-season and firmly believe that he will also excite our fans with his style of play.
Pre-Napoli, Kim made a seamless transition to European football in his one season with Fenerbahce. He made 31 starts across 2021/22, having joined the Turkish giants from Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors as a two-time K League champion.
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A centre-back by trade, the 43-time South Korean international will compete with the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Dayot Upamecano and Benjamin Pavard for a starting berth under Thomas Tuchel at Bayern. He has been given the No.3 jersey.
Kim is expected to make his unoffical Bayern debut is the coming weeks, with friendlies against Rottach-Egern, Manchester City, Kawasaki Frontale, Liverpool and Monaco, before the record champions take on RB Leipzig in the Supercup (12 August). They begin their Bundesliga title defence away to Werder Bremen on 18 August.