This summer, Manchester United had planned to sign Kim Min-Jae from Napoli to strengthen their defense, but he has since reversed course and chosen to sign with Bayern Munich instead.
The 26-year-old central defender was one of United’s top targets during the summer transfer window as they sought to improve the quality of their backline.
The Manchester United management reportedly planned to pay the South Korean international’s £42 million release clause when reports first stated he was close to joining Old Trafford.
However, it has since been revealed that Bayern Munich has hijacked the agreement, and Kim is now anticipated to sign a five-year contract with the Bundesliga giants.
Corriere dello Sport reported that Kim will be breaking his promise by joining Bayern. According to the Italian outlet, he previously pledged Manchester United “more than a promise” that he would devote himself to playing for the Red Devils.
Manager Ten Hag is becoming increasingly unhappy with the situation after also missing out on a deal for released West Ham captain Declan Rice as a result of United’s protracted takeover procedure.
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According to reports, if the team is sold, the Glazer ownership will save money this summer. Due to their failure to complete the deal on time, they were unable to sign top players during the transfer period.
United’s third-place result in the Premier League gave them the opportunity to recruit top talent by offering Champions League football, an advantage not enjoyed by rivals Tottenham, Liverpool, or Chelsea.
However, players like Mason Mount of Chelsea have expressed uncertainty about the situation due to the current Qatari takeover dispute. The midfielder is thought to be eager to work with Ten Hag next season, but the Glazers’ negotiations have put the move off.
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The Dutch manager, who has made it very plain that investment is essential to United’s success next season, is unlikely to be pleased by any of the three transfer setbacks.
“We are in the right direction, but we are not where we have to be, there’s still a long way to go, there’s potential in this team and individual players,” he said.
“We showed during the season we made progress, that’s a compliment to the players and the coaches, we worked really hard, but we have to make an investment.
“The club knows if you want to play top four, compete for trophies in this tough league then you have to invest otherwise you don’t have a chance because other clubs will do.”