According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli could work to remove the release clause in the contract of Tottenham target Kim Min-Jae.

Kim was mooted as a target for Spurs during the summer transfer window (AreaNapoli) but Napoli beat the North London club to the centre-back. The South Korean has proven to be an inspired signing for Luciano Spalletti’s men, having hardly put a foot wrong since arriving in Naples.

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According to CMW.it, Kim’s performances in the first part of the campaign have alerted several clubs, with Spurs, Manchester United, Brighton, Fulham and Juventus all said to be monitoring the player’s situation ahead of the January transfer window.

Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli confirmed this week that the centre-back does have a release clause in his contract, which will be active for 15 days during next summer’s transfer window (Fabrizio Romano).

Gazzetta have now revealed that the release clause in question stands at €50m (£43.4m), explaining that the Serie A club only agreed to insert the clause in order to beat Rennes to the defender’s signature in the summer, with the Ligue 1 club thought to have agreed on a deal at the time.

The report adds that the Napoli hierarchy are now hoping to do away with the release clause by offering Kim a new deal that runs until 2028, which will see the 26-year-old’s salary increased. 

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It is understandable why Napoli would want to protect their asset, given how well Kim has performed so far this season. It will be interesting to see whether the 26-year-old is tempted to accept the new deal or whether he decides to wait until the summer to assess the various options that open up.

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