Kim Min-Jae joins Napoli in Italy's Serie A

Min-Jae Kim of Napoli on July 27, 2022 in Castel di Sangro, Italy.

Defender Kim Min-jae has joined Italian club Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli, the Serie A club said on Wednesday.

Napoli did not reveal Kim's contract details, but Italian media reported that the club paid around 19.50 million euros for Kim, who previously played for Turkish club Fenerbahçe S.K., and the defender will get 2.50 million euros a year under a three-year contract, which is renewable for another two years.

The contract reportedly includes a 45-million-euro buyout clause that requires Napoli to enter negotiations with any other club offering more than that amount to transfer Kim.

Kim becomes the third Korean footballer to play in Italy's Serie A after Ahn Jung-hwan and Lee Seung-woo. 

Ahn played for Associazione Calcistica Perugia Calcio and Lee for Hellas Verona FC.Kim is being brought in to replace Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who left Napoli to join Chelsea earlier this month.

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