Report: Napoli have activated £17m release clause for rumoured Spurs target

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According to Calciomercato, Napoli are on the verge of completing a deal to sign Fenerbahce centre-back Kim Min-jae, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham this summer.

Despite already bringing six new players through the door this summer, reports indicate that Antonio Conte wants another centre-back and an attacking midfielder added to the squad (Evening Standard).

Kim is one of the names mooted to be on Conte’s radar, with Ekrem Konur stating last month that the Lilywhites could make a move for the South Korean on the back of his impressive first season in Turkish football.

The centre-back, who is thought to have a release clause of €20m (£17m) in his contract, was also said to be attracting interest from Lyon (L’Equipe journalist Loic Tanzi).

CalcioMercato have now reported that Napoli have activated Kim’s release clause, having identified the 26-year-old as the heir to Kalidou Koulibaly, who has completed a move to Chelsea.

The report adds that there is now ‘very little’ to do for the Serie A club to complete the signing of the centre-back.

It is explained that Kim is currently training with the Fenerbahce squad and is waiting for a green light from his agents to fly to Italy.

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If Tanganga and Rodon are moved on, Conte will likely want a right-sided centre-back, who could also cover for Eric Dier in the central sweeper role. 

Kim would have fit the bill as a squad player, given how inexpensive an option he is. So, I am surprised that Spurs have not pushed ahead with a move for the South Korean.

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