By Pranav Shahaney

23rd Sep, 2022 | 4:20pm

Reported Manchester United and Everton target Kim Min-Jae appears to have an affordable release clause at Napoli after his summer move.

In June, the Toffees had even submitted a bid for the then Fenerbahce defender and waiting on his decision after showdown talks with his club.

However, a move for the South Korea international did not pan out and he ended up picking Napoli and moving to Italy in the final weeks of the summer.

Now, reliable journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that there is a release clause in his contract and if he’s happy with the personal terms, he would consider leaving the club.

United who are also keen on signing the player after his recent run of form have already spent big money in two back-to-back summer windows to sign centre-backs.

It is unlikely that they will also shell out huge funds for another centre-back in January, which leaves the door open for the Toffees.

It’s understood that Min-Jae has a release clause of £44million – which the Toffees could look to break down into instalments and sign the player if he does indeed fancy a move to the Premier League.

The sort of visibility he gets in the Serie A is nothing compared to that of the English top flight and if he wants a move to an elite Champions League club, he could use Everton as a stepping stone.

Frank Lampard has two reliable centre-backs in Conor Coady and James Tarkowski but if he’s keen on playing a back three all season, Min-Jae is undoubtedly the ideal January signing.