“Kim Min-jae, 27, has so far done little to prove he is worth his €50 million ($69.7 billion) transfer fee.”
“Bayern Munich defender Kim Min-jae has hardly proven himself worthy of a €50 million transfer fee so far,” German media outlet ‘Kicker’ reported on June 6 (KST).
Kim joined Germany’s most prestigious club ahead of the 2023-2024 season. After spending the previous season with SSC Napoli, he switched back to the Bavarians after just one season in the Bundesliga.
His transfer fee was €50 million. Munich paid the buyout clause and landed one of the best defenders in Europe. They beat out competition from Manchester United for Park Ji-Sung, Paris Saint-Germain for Lee Kang-In, and Newcastle United for Middle Eastern capital. 무지개토토 도메인
Kim Min-jae, who left Napoli for a transfer fee of 20 million euros (about 27.8 billion won) from Turkish club Fenerbahçe, more than doubled his transfer fee in just one year to become the highest transfer fee in South Korea and Asia.
Upon arriving in Germany, Kim quickly established himself as a first-choice defender. The winner of the Serie A’s Best Defensive Player award, Kim has been a consistent performer and anchors the team’s defense. He also proved his class in the Ballon d’Or rankings released last month, finishing 22nd.
The Bavarians are currently without their two main defenders, Dayo Upamecano and Matthias De Ligt, due to injury. Kim has started all 10 of Munich’s Bundesliga games this season and has now played 868 minutes. In the UEFA Champions League (UCL), he has played all three matches full-time.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Kim has been the anchor of Munich’s defense this season. The Bavarians have conceded seven goals in 10 games this season, the fewest in the Bundesliga. His performance against rivals Borussia Dortmund was particularly impressive, with a rating of 7.5 on Fúscore.com.
His dedication to the team has not gone unnoticed. ”I think we’re lucky to have him,” said Munich director of football Christoph Proint. He’s just getting better and better.”