According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Napoli have inserted a release clause of around £38m on the contract of rumoured Tottenham target Kim Min-jae after signing the centre-back from Fenerbahce.

Despite already bringing six new players through the door this summer, reports indicate that Spurs could still sign another centre-back during the transfer window if a suitable opportunity arises (Charlie Eccleshare on Chris Cowlin’s YouTube channel).

Kim was mooted as one of the names on Conte’s radar earlier this summer, 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.

However, the defender has now completed a move to Diego Armando Maradona Stadium after Napoli activated the €20m (£16.7) release clause in his contract with Fenerbahce (Calciomercato).

It turns out that Kim’s move to the Serie A giants has not necessarily closed the door on a switch to Tottenham in the future.

This is because Di Marzio has explained there is a relatively modest release clause in the contract the centre-back has penned with Napoli.

The journalist claims that the 26-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the club with an option of another two-year extension and that the contract contains a release clause of €45m (£37.6m), which could be activated by non-Italian clubs.

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This release clause suggests that Kim’s representatives potentially view a switch to Napoli as a stepping stone to move to the Premier League in the future. 

If the South Korean has a barnstorming first season in the Serie A, one would expect plenty of English clubs, including Spurs, to consider activating the release clause next summer.

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