Bayern Munich Rebuff Inter’s Loan Approach for Kim Min-jae


Inter’s pursuit of Bayern Munich defender Kim Min-jae has hit a roadblock as the German giants have rejected the possibility of a loan deal. However, the South Korean international remains a target for the Nerazzurri, especially if Stefan de Vrij departs the club this summer.

Gazzetta dello Sport report that Inter’s transfer priorities have shifted, with defense now taking center stage. The club is exploring various options, including gathering information, proposing ideas, and reviving interest in previously considered players like Mario Hermoso.

The Italian side’s transfer strategy is two-fold, as they aim to acquire both a starting defender and a backup option. Kim Min-jae is more than just an idea for Inter; he’s potentially their primary target should de Vrij leave. Inter’s management has opened discussions regarding the former Napoli defender, but initial responses have not been positive.

Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta and Sporting Director Piero Ausilio recognize that any deal for Kim would only be feasible as a loan. Purchasing the player outright is not an option, given that Bayern paid €58 million for him just a year ago. The German club has made it clear that they would only consider a permanent transfer for Kim.

However, the transfer market is fluid, and circumstances can change rapidly. If Kim finds himself out of favor under new Bayern coach Vincent Kompany, the situation could evolve. Bayern’s recent acquisition of Japanese defender Ito from Stuttgart adds another layer to the scenario.

Meanwhile, Inter is also considering other defensive options. Free agents Ricardo Rodriguez and Mario Hermoso are possibilities, but the club is in no rush to make a decision. This approach aligns with the directive from new owners Oaktree Capital to focus on younger players, even if it means missing out on some immediate opportunities.

Rodriguez would accept a one-year contract, while Hermoso, at 29, is seeking a three-year deal with a €4 million annual salary. Inter prefers a two-year contract, creating a potential impasse.

The club are also exploring younger prospects, with Sampdoria’s Leoni high on their list. However, competition from other Italian clubs and Sampdoria’s €5 million asking price complicate matters.


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