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Man Utd and Newcastle tried to hijack top Bayern Munich target

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The Bavarians are on the verge of adding Kim Min-jae to their ranks.

Manchester United and Newcastle reportedly made failed attempts to hijack Bayern Munich’s move for Kim Min-jae.

The Bavarians started searching for a new centre-back soon after Lucas Hernandez informed them of his decision to leave for Paris Saint-Germain.

Kim emerged as Bayern’s main defensive target, with the club deciding to activate his €50m release clause at Napoli. However, it seems the Bavarians had to compete against two Premier League sides in their pursuit of the South Korean star.

According to TEAMtalk, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) made a late offer to sign the centre-back for Newcastle or a Saudi Pro League club. But the bid came when Kim had already decided to continue his career at Bayern.

Manchester United also showed interest in signing Kim at the start of the summer transfer window.

It seemed the club withdrew from the race early on. But a report from Sky Germany claims the Red Devils tried to hijack Bayern’s move for the 26-year-old two weeks ago.

Following an €18 move from Fenerbahce in 2021, Kim quickly established himself as a key player in Napoli’s backline. The South Korean star arrives at Allianz Arena after an impressive season that saw him help Napoli win their first Serie A title in 33 years.