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Spurs News: Manchester United now want Tottenham Hotspur target Kim Min-jae

Manchester United have joined Tottenham Hotspur in the race for Napoli centre-back Kim Min-jae ahead of the January transfer window, as claimed by Italian publication TuttoMercatoWeb (h/t Daily Mail).

The South Korea international has made a splash on the European footballing scene this season since his transfer to Napoli. Filling in for Kalidou Koulibaly, who joined Chelsea this summer, Kim has made 20 appearances across competitions this season.

And he has been a crucial part of his team’s first-place standing in the league table so far. It isn’t a surprise that clubs like Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are vying for his services.

Tottenham Hotspur target Kim Min-Jae to stay put at Napoli in January.
Tottenham Hotspur target Kim Min-Jae in action for Napoli. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

He is physically dominant and a strong presence at the heart of his team’s defence. He is also in the prime years of his career and has a sensible release clause of 39million Pounds.

Should Spurs worry?

Moreover, Real Madrid, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Fulham are also keeping a track of his progress in Italy. Given their statures, it would seem sensible if Spurs, United and Madrid are three strong contenders for him.

That is especially the case if they can promise regular playing time to him. United’s entrance into the race won’t make a lot of sense to many given they have Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez in their defence.

Kim Min-jae with Son Heung-min of South Korea in 2018.
Kim Min-jae with Son Heung-min of South Korea in 2018. (Photo by CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP via Getty Images)

Two-time Guldbollen winner Victor Lindelof and England international Harry Maguire are backups to the two 2022 FIFA World Cup finalists. Hence, unless someone leaves, Kim will find it hard to carve out a space in United’s starting XI.

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Spurs, meanwhile, can urgently use another top defender to play as a left-sided centre-half where Ben Davies has continued to play out of position. Davinson Sanchez, Japhet Tanganga, and Joe Rodon (on loan at Rennes) haven’t been up to the mark, which is why a move for Kim makes complete sense for us.

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