Report: Spurs have opened talks to sign 23-year-old £13.5m-rated central defender

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Dom Le Roy

According to a report from Titan Sports (as relayed by Xinhua News Agency), Tottenham Hotspur have opened talks with Beijing Guoan to sign South Korean centre-back Kim Min-Jae.

Kim is considered one of the best young defenders South Korea has produced in recent years and has already played with Spurs’ Heung-min Son for the national side.

After an impressive couple of seasons with K-League side Jeonbuk Motors, the 23-year-old was snapped up by Beijing Guoan in the January of last year.

The South Korea international has only completed one full season in the Chinese Super League but has already established a reputation as one of the best defenders in the division.

The Sunday Mirror (21/06/2020, page 72) suggested earlier this week that Son Heung-min could play a crucial part in convincing his international teammate to make the switch to Spurs.

Titan Sports now report that, despite Kim attracting interest from the likes of Leipzig, Lazio, Porto, PSV Eindhoven, Southampton, and Inter Milan, Spurs are now the favourites to land him.

Beijing Guoan are said to be demanding around €15million (£13.5m) for the centre-back’s signature.

Spurs Web Opinion

£13.5m sounds like a bargain deal for someone who is rated among the best defenders in Asia. However, with Kim having no experience in Europe beforehand, there is an element of risk involved. Looking at his physical attributes, he does seem like a good fit for the Premier League but it is hard to predict how he will adapt to the pace and intensity.

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