Tottenham Hotspur preparing to make a transfer bid for South Korean centre-back Kim Min-jae
This is due to Chelsea also becoming interested in the 24-year-old, who is nicknamed ‘Monster’. The Blues famously stepped in to steal Willian from under Spurs’ noses back in 2013 and signed him for £30million.
The Lilywhites want to avoid a similarly embarrassing situation and are thus wanting to get a deal for Min-jae over the line. The Korean’s contract expires in December 2021 and his club, Beijing Sinobo Guoan, want to cash in on the highly-rated defender.
This is not the first time Jose Mourinho has been linked with a move for Min-Jae. Spurs were first interested in him in the summer after Jan Vertonghen departed London. (h/t Mirror)
A good coup?
The Korean centre-back has an impressive CV already. He won the Korean league twice with Jeonbuk Motors before his move to China in January 2019.
Min-jae is also a regular fixture for the South Korean international team alongside Son Heung-min. The 6ft 3in defender has 30 caps to his name already and has scored thrice for his country.
Spurs do not have an urgent need for any defender, with Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld forming a solid partnership in the heart of the defence. But things could get complicated in the coming seasons.
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Toby Alderweireld has been linked with a move to PSV Eindhoven. If Spurs do lose one of their main centre-backs, signing the 24-year-old defender from the Chinese Super League may prove to be a good move in the short, as well as the long run.
Whether Spurs do manage to get their man within the January transfer window remains to be seen.