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Connor O'Neill

'We had all his videos' - Scout claims Everton opted against signing Serie A winner compared to Virgil van Dijk

Former Everton scout Carlo Jacomuzzi has revealed his old club rejected the chance to sign Napoli star Kim Min-jae before his move to Italy.

The South Korea international has been in stunning form for Napoli this term, playing a key role as they secured the Scudetto. The centre-back has made 43 appearances, scoring two goals and helping his team to an impressive 15 clean sheets in Serie A.

Arriving at Napoli in a €18.5m deal from Fenerbahce during the summer, the 26-year-old helped fill the void left by Kalidou Koulibaly, who joined Chelsea for £34m last year.

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Now linked with a move to Manchester United, Jacomuzzi has revealed that the Blues had all the video evidence they could want on the defender but decided against a deal because of the fee Fenerbahce wanted for him.

"Kim next at United? At Everton, we already had all his videos; in England, they have noticed him for some time," he told Radio Marte in Italy.

"In Turkey, he came into the limelight, but before in the Premier, there were doubts about the money it would take to buy him.

"After the Scudetto with Napoli, the Korean has shown that he has reached an enviable level of play: he can do a bit of everything, and it’s fitting that he is liked in England.

"He is the typical player, perfect for the Premier League. Liverpool’s van Dijk resembles him, for example."


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