have revealed that the race for Kim Min-Jae is now heating up, with Tottenham facing competition from Premier League rivals as well as from the Serie A for the Napoli star.

Kim has made an exceptional start to life in Serie A and his solid displays at the back have been one of the key reasons why Napoli sit eight points clear at the top of the table.

Kim-min Jae

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The South Korean was rumoured to be of interest to Spurs in the summer (AreaNapoli) and CalcioMercato reported earlier this month that several Premier League clubs are continuing to keep a close eye on the player.

Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli confirmed a few days ago that there is a release clause on Kim’s contract that will become active for 15 days during next summer’s transfer window, and he admitted that the club are contemplating offering the defender a new contract (Fabrizio Romano). have now revealed that Spurs, Fulham, Manchester United and Brighton hold a ‘concrete interest’ in the 26-year-old while Juventus are also ‘carefully monitoring’ the centre-back’s situation.

The report adds that Napoli value Kim at around €45m-€50m (£39.1m-£43.4), but as things stand, the club’s owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has ‘no intention’ of selling the former Fenerbahce man in January.

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The fact that Kim’s entourage have inserted a release clause for next summer in his contract, suggests that the player views Napoli as a stepping stone for a potential move to the Premier League. 

If he does not sign a new deal at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, there is no doubt there will be a long queue of clubs vying for his signature next summer.

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