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Fabrizio Romano: Bayern Munich reach “total agreement” with Napoli center-back Kim Min-jae (Updates: Financial details emerge)

Fingers crossed! Another super defender is set to join the Bavarians’ ranks.

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Update (4PEST, June 29th)

More details on the timing and financials of Bayern Munich’s upcoming Kim Min-jae transfer are emerging. First, on salary: Sky Sports journalist Florian Plettenberg reports that the figure will be €10-12m/yr gross, not net, on the Napoli defender’s new five-year-deal with the Rekordmeister.

The schedule, per Tz’s Philipp Kessler and Manuel Bonke, will be for Kim’s medical check to commence following the conclusion of his military training period, which will be on July 3rd. Kim’s release clause, as reported by Fabrizio Romano, Plettenberg, and Sport1’s Kerry Hau, will be €50m, though Tz quoted €45m. It will be active until July 15th.

Finally, per Bild, Bayern technical director Marco Neppe stepped up to lead negotiations in the absence of a sporting director after the sacking of Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžić:

Update (6:45PM EST, June 28th)

Fabrizio has a new exclusive update: Kim and Bayern have agreed. With only a release clause in the way, the transfer can be expected to move forward in the next few days:

Talented center-back Kim Min-jae is still looking destined for Bayern Munich. The 26-year-old Korean international who was a stalwart for Napoli’s Serie A trophy-winning 2022/23 season has been inching towards a move to Germany, and despite some attempts by teams such as Manchester United to push in, the Bavarians are about to close the deal.

That’s according to transfers guru Fabrizio Romano this week. It seems to be little more than dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s at this point:

With a release clause of some €50m and personal terms agreed, it’s all but a formality for Kim to join Bayern on a five-year-deal. Barring a last minute change of heart — and Kim would have options elsewhere should he choose to entertain them — it looks like Thomas Tuchel will secure his replacement for Lucas Hernández, who is expected to leave for Paris Saint-Germain.

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