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Tottenham and Chelsea keeping tabs on South Korea defender Kim Min-jae


Kim Min-jae is catching the eye in Europe (Picture: Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are tracking the progress of South Korea international defender Kim Min-jae, a centre-back nicknamed ‘The Monster’ for his imposing stature.

The 24-year-old plies his trade in China with Beijing Guoan, joining in 2019 from Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in his home country, where he won K League Player of the Year in 2017.

Clearly he has not competed at the highest level of club football, but Kim has played 30 times for South Korea, scoring three goals.

The 6’3″ centre-back has done enough for Premier League giants to notice his performances and both Spurs and Chelsea are considering a move for him either this month or over the summer.

The Mirror reports that Spurs first showed an interest in the South Korean last summer and considered him as a replacement for the outgoing Jan Vertonghen, but chose not to make a move.

They have not dismissed him, though, and Chelsea have joined the hunt for his signature.

Kim’s contract in Beijing expires in December 2021, so the Chinese club are keen to cash in while they can, rather than let one of their star men leave on a free transfer.

Slaven Bilic has just taken charge of Beijing Guoan after his dismissal from West Brom last month and the Croatian will not be happy if one of his best players is immediately sold after signing a two-year deal.


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