Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has claimed that there could be some truth to Tottenham Hotspur’s reported interest in signing Beijing Guoan centre back Kim Min-Jae.
Kim has quickly built a reputation as one of the best central defenders in the Chinese Super League following his move to the Chinese capital from K-League side Jeonbuk Motors during January of last year.
Despite the likes of RB Leipzig, Lazio, Porto, PSV Eindhoven, Southampton, and Inter Milan are all said to be interested in signing the 23-year-old, Spurs have been established as the favourites to land him this summer (Titan Sports via Xinhua News Agency).
Reports have indicated that the central defender could be available for around €15million (£13.5m) and Son could play a crucial role in convincing his international teammate to make the move to North London (The Sunday Mirror – 21/06/2020, page 72).
Gold has revealed that it is not just Son that could have recommended Kim to Mourinho but also South Korean coach Paulo Bento, who was in charge of Sporting Lisbon back when the Spurs boss was in charge of rivals, Porto.
When asked by a fan during a Q and A if there was any truth to the rumours linking the Lilywhites with a move for Kim, Gold said: “If he’s good enough for Spurs then not only Sonny, but Mourinho’s compatriot, Paulo Bento, the South Korea coach, would have recommended him.
“Keep an eye on his situation in China.
“If he becomes available then he ticks a lot of boxes, including his age and of course, from a cynical perspective, that marketability.
“Talk of a £13m price tag puts him into Spurs’ price range but it’s still a gamble.”
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This is one of those deals that can either end up being an unbelievable bargain or a complete waste, without too much middle ground. While Kim is very highly thought off in China and back in his home country, it is anybody’s guess whether he will be able to adjust to the intensity of the Premier League.
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