PSG wants Osimhen to partner Mbappe Kim Min&jae in the defense

Posted by Timige, On 10 Jun, 2023 | Updated On 13 Jun, 2023 No Comments »



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PSG are set to raid Napoli for two players, top striker Victor Osimhen and defender Kim Min-jae. The two players made Serie A team of the season.

According to Le Parisien, PSG want Osimhen this summer in a bid to bolster their attack.

Any deal for the Nigerian forward will likely be an expensive one, with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis commanding a fee in the region of €130m for his services.

Paris want to bring in a centre forward this summer and Luis Campos has already begun exploring the market for options.

In addition to their interest in Osimhen, Les Parisiens want to sign French international forward Marcus Thuram, according to L’Équipe.

With Mbappé’s desire to play off a focal point in the centre of the Paris attack, one of the key points of inspiration in their pursuit of the Nigerian is to complement Mbappé.

To the same effect, Luis Campos is also exploring a move for Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva.

However, Napoli aren’t keen on selling Osimhen, hence the large price tag they have set. PSG will also face fierce competition for his signature, with Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Manchester United all also reportedly interested in signing the former Lille forward.

PSG are also reportedly ahead of Manchester United and Newcastle United in the race to sign Napoli defender Kim Min-jae this summer.

The South Korea international is expected to depart Naples after just one season with the Partenopei, during which he played a fundamental role in their Serie A title triumph.

Kim scored two goals and provided two assists from 35 outings in the 2022-23 Italian top flight, as Luciano Spalletti’s men stormed to their first Scudetto since 1990.

The 26-year-old also made nine Champions League starts as Napoli made it to the quarter-finals before bowing to AC Milan’s superiority, as Kim missed the second leg of that 2-1 aggregate defeat through suspension.

 

Kim only joined Napoli in an €18.1m (£15.4m) deal from Fenerbahce in 2022, but his current contract only runs for another two years, albeit with an option to extend until the end of the 2026-27 season.

Amid links with Man United and Newcastle, Kim has apparently already said his goodbyes to his Napoli teammates, and insiders at the club expect him to head for Old Trafford.

However, The Telegraph states that PSG are currently in the driving seat to sign the centre-back in the upcoming window if he does not agree to the new contract that Napoli have offered him.

Kim’s current deal supposedly possesses a release clause worth approximately £43m, and Napoli are therefore determined to tie him down to fresh terms without that modest option.

Should the Scudetto holders ultimately fail in their efforts to prolong Kim’s stay at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, PSG are at the head of the queue, as no bids have been tabled from Premier League teams yet.

 

The Ligue 1 champions will be waving goodbye to Sergio Ramos on a free transfer at the end of the season following a two-year spell in Paris, but they are expected to sign Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar to replace the departing Spaniard.

More defensive additions could be on the cards, though, as injuries to Presnel Kimpembe and Nordi Mukiele left Christophe Galtier short of options in defence during the second half of the campaign.

Danilo Pereira would often take on a makeshift defensive role alongside Ramos and Marquinhos, who recently committed his future to Les Parisiens until the summer of 2028.

The Brazilian also suffered from a couple of niggles in the 2022-23 season, though, which saw 18-year-old El Chadaille Bitshiabu thrown into the deep end.

PSG are already believed to have completed deals for Spanish winger Marco Asensio and Uruguayan midfielder Manuel Ugarte, but an official announcement is yet to be made for either player.

The French champions are also said to have made the decision to sack head coach Galtier after just one season in charge, with Julian Nagelsmann currently the frontrunner for the job. 

Source: 234 Sports Ng

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