Forbes, an American business magazine, has praised the management of Italian Serie A club Napoli. Napoli recognized the potential value of Kim Min-jae (27-Bayern Munich) and maximized its profits.
The South Korean national soccer team defender left Fenerbahçe (Turkkiye) for Napoli (Italy) ahead of the 2022-23 season. At the time, Napoli paid a transfer fee of €18 million (approximately $26 billion) to acquire Kim.
Some were worried that Kim’s market value and name recognition would not be enough to replace Kalidou Koulibaly, 토토 the best defender at the time.
But they were wrong. After joining Napoli for a relatively modest transfer fee, Kim scored two goals and provided two assists in 45 games last season, including Serie A and the UEFA Champions League (UCL). He helped Napoli reach the top of the league for the first time in 33 years and was named Serie A’s best defender.
With his stock rising, Kim moved to Bayern Munich (Germany) this season for a record transfer fee of €50 million (approximately $72.5 billion).
Napoli made nearly a triple return on their investment in just over a year for recognizing a gem.
Forbes took note of this.
“Napoli’s operations show that bringing in a player with a lower current value is not necessarily a ‘downgrade,'” the publication said, emphasizing that “bringing in a player with real potential and earning €50 million in a year is almost a ‘steal’ in today’s market.”
It’s a testament to Napoli’s business savvy.
Indeed, Napoli made a huge upgrade in his first year with the club, winning the league and reaching their highest ever UCL finish (quarterfinals). 안전놀이터 As an added bonus, they more than doubled their transfer fee income.
Napoli, meanwhile, used the money from Kim’s departure to invest again, most notably in young defender Nathan, 22, who arrived for €13 million ($18.8 billion).
Nathan is a promising youngster who played for Red Bull Bragançinho in Brazil.
It was a smaller transfer fee than Kim Min-jae’s, but Forbes pointed out that just as Kim Min-jae has made huge strides, 스포츠토토 so has Natan. Defending champions Napoli will try to win their second straight league title with a new defense.