Manager Pep Guardiola wants Kim Min-jae. Manchester City’s ‘three-back conversion’ increases the persuasiveness of the transfer theory.
The UK’s ‘Sports Mall’ reported on the 25th (Korean time), “Man City is expected to compete with rivals Manchester United for the signing of Napoli’s center back Kim Min-jae this summer.”
Previously, England’s ‘Football 365’ reported, “Man City has set a goal of recruiting Napoli center back Kim Min-jae. Because Guardiola wants Kim Min-jae.”
Rumors of Kim Min-jae’s transfer are heating up again. Kim Min-jae, who entered Naples last summer for 18.05 million euros (approximately 26.6 billion won), is reborn as the core of Napoli without any adaptation period and is leading the team’s march toward their first championship in 33 years. Napoli only need to win the next two games to confirm the title, and it is possible to have a ‘Scudetto’ as early as this weekend.
Buyout is also relatively cheap. Local media explained that Kim Min-jae has a release clause of at least 50 million euros (about 73.7 billion won) and up to 70 million euros (about 103.1 billion won). That’s well worth paying for a defender who has leveled Italy.
The Manchester brothers faced off. In the past, he was strongly connected with Man Utd, who wanted a replacement for Harry Maguire, but recently Man City joined and interest in Kim Min-jae’s future has grown.
Manchester City’s centre-back line is solid온라인카지노. In addition to Ruben Dias, Manuel Akanji and Nathan Ake, who are currently starting out, there is Aymeric Laporte.
Nevertheless, there is a reason why rumors of Kim Min-jae’s recruitment are emerging. First of all, it is likely that Laporte will leave the team this summer. Laporte is said to be looking for a new team as he has not been guaranteed a chance to play under Guardiola lately.
Another reason is Man City’s ‘three-back conversion’. Man City has been having fun with the so-called ‘inverted fullback’, which recently deployed the Stones as a right-back and formed a two-bolanchi (two defensive midfielders) with Rodri when attacking.
In the actual game, the Stones are actually active as a defensive midfielder. That means Manchester City are being operated like a three-back. In fact, football statistics media such as ‘Foot Mob’ and ‘Sofa Score’ introduce Man City’s lineup as 3-2-4-1 with the Stones as a defensive midfielder.
The player who plays an important role here is Akanji on the right. Akanji covers the center as well as the right flank area where the Stones went up, protecting Man City’s rear. Thanks to that, an environment was created in which the Stones could focus on build-up, which soon led to the rise of Man City.
Kim Min-jae is also a center back who is well versed in the cover. The reason why Napoli maintains the league’s minimum number of goals (21 goals) while maintaining a high defensive line this season lies in the wide range of defense based on Kim Min-jae’s quick judgment. Kim Min-jae showed several scenes of covering the opponent’s counterattack in an instant while operating near his half line.
If Man City maintains a three-back, the spur to Kim Min-jae can be added. Currently, there are few center backs in Europe who can cover as wide a defensive range as Kim Min-jae. There are good reasons for reports that Guardiola wants it.