Tottenham Hotspur are confident of completing a deal for Southampton star Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this summer, according to reports.
Europa League football will boost Jose Mourinho’s budget in the transfer market, although their starting point in that competition hinges on the FA Cup final, which is entirely out of Tottenham’s control.
If Arsenal beat Chelsea, Spurs will face the prospect of a play-off to earn a place in the group stage of the competition, and this could have dire consequences on some of their biggest transfer plans.
Daniel Levy claims the unprecedented circumstances have caused a £200m deficit in their bank balance as they continue to pay back the loans on their new state-of-the-art stadium, which cost £1.2bn to build. The Spurs chairman has borrowed a huge £175m loan from the Bank of England to cover the costs of these uncertain times but this will not contribute to any business in the transfer window.
Mourinho is well aware that he will have to hunt for bargains, sort out swap deals, and search for free agents as he seeks to build a “more balanced” squad.
According to the Evening Standard‘s Dan Kilpatrick, Spurs have enquired about Beijing Guoan ace Kim Min-jae as they step up their pursuit of Hojbjerg in the summer.
As the Lilywhites leaked goals for fun over the course of the campaign, Mourinho must solve their defensive problems sooner rather than later if he wishes to mount a successful challenge for a spot in the Champions League next season.
Spurs have been chasing the South Korean for several months as recent reports revealed that Beijing Guoan have named their price for the defender. The outlet reported that Levy will have to spend £15m at the very least if he wants to prise him away from the Chinese Super League.
The 23-year-old has been tipped to leave China and move to north London in the summer, amid interest from Premier League rivals Liverpool.
Spurs confirmed that Jan Vertonghen has left the club after the final day of the 2019/20 Premier League season. While recent reports have suggested he is in line to make a ‘shock‘ switch to Manchester City, his departure has left a sizeable gap in the squad that urgently needs addressing.
Standing at 1.9m, Kim could be the perfect replacement, and it is easy to see why Mourinho is interested in the youngster as he cuts an imposing figure at the heart of the defence.
The South Korea international, who is affectionately known as ‘Monster’, has won 30 caps for the national team, receiving a gold medal with Son Heung-min at the 2018 Asian Games, which earned them an exemption from certain military duties (via The Guardian).
His valuation should be more than affordable for Spurs, although this may increase if Levy becomes embroiled in a transfer battle in the summer.
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