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He claimed that Lazio are also in negotiations with the Chinese Super League club over a potential deal for the centre-back, who is valued at €15m (£13.5m) by his current employers.
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho could be looking to bolster his central defensive options in this transfer window after the summer exit of Jan Vertonghen, who has joined Benfica, while there have been reports casting doubt over Juan Foyth’s future at the club.
Kim played 26 times for Beijing Guoan in last year’s Chinese Super League as they just missed out on the title, while he already has 30 caps for his country despite being only 23. Along with Spurs forward Son Heung-min, he won a gold medal with South Korea at the 2018 Asian Games and subsequently was given an exemption from certain military duties (via The Guardian).
An indication of the defender’s talents is his christening in some quarters as ‘the South Korean Virgil van Dijk’, while both Liverpool and Manchester City had been monitoring the centre-back, with Champions League semi-finalists RB Leipzig also keeping tabs on him. [via 90min.com]
Mourinho currently has five centre-backs in his squad at Tottenham, so depth doesn’t seem a problem in that part of the pitch. However, Foyth’s future seems uncertain, Davinson Sanchez has copped some criticism over various performances in recent months, Toby Alderweireld is 31, Japhet Tanganga is still quite raw and Cameron Carter-Vickers has been loaned out five times since 2017 as he continues to struggle for chances at Spurs.
Lazio’s commencement of talks over Kim could be a worry for Tottenham, as the Serie A club have the advantage of being able to offer him Champions League football, whereas Spurs are absent from that competition for the first time in five years.
Will Spurs sign Kim Min-jae?
The level of centre-back depth should mean that missing out on the Korean wouldn’t be disastrous, although his burgeoning reputation suggests that he would be a tremendous asset to any team he represents. Also, with Spurs’ concession of 47 league goals last season their worst figure since 2014/15, there certainly seems room for improvement defensively, so Mourinho may well be desperate to get Kim into the club.
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