Taking to Twitter, journalist Pedro Sepulveda of SIC Noticias has shared an interesting Tottenham Hotspur update involving a familiar transfer target in Fenerbache defender Kim Min-jae.
The Lowdown: Waited for Spurs in 2020…
Reliable reports out of South Korea in 2020 heavily indicated that the towering centre-back wanted to join Spurs.
Min-jae, targeted by both Tottenham and Lazio during his time in the Chinese Super League with Beijing Guoan, was apparently in favour of a move to north London over Italy despite his club accepting an offer from the Serie A side.
According to SPOTV News, as relayed by Korean football journalist Jason Lee, the 25-year-old was ‘waiting’ for Daniel Levy and co to make their final bid as he preferred to sign for ex-Spurs boss Jose Mourinho.
Around a year-and-a-half on, it appears Tottenham aren’t done with the international defender.
The Latest: Sepulveda shares interesting update…
SIC Noticias reporter Sepulveda says Spurs, and by extension manager Antonio Conte, sent an official to run the rule over Min-jae in Turkey at the weekend.
Indeed, people from Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, FC Porto and Juventus were spotted watching Fenerbache’s ace as his side drew 1-1 with Trabzonspor on Sunday.
The Verdict: Make a move…
It is believed by reliable sections of the press that Conte and managing director Fabio Paratici are targeting a centre-half signing this summer with the likes of Sven Botman, Alessandro Bastoni and Josko Gvardiol already linked (The Telegraph).
Min-jae, who is quite the physical presence at 6 foot 3, could come as a cheaper alternative to some of these big names going by his rumoured €20 million (£16.6m) asking price.
Numbers like these could back his colossal presence in defence, even if there is an argument to be made that these numbers come in a less competitive division.
Nicknamed the ‘monster‘ back in Korea for his imposing build, the central colossus’ physicality could however be suited to England’s top flight – with Min-jae also averaging more interceptions per 90 (2.1) than any Spurs star (WhoScored).
For a potential valuation of around £16-£17m, he stands out as a shrewd option.
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