Tottenham Hotspur’s rumoured pursuit of Kim Min-Jae might have just become more difficult as reports from China indicate that the centre-half has ironed out his disagreement with Beijing Guoan.
It was widely reported a couple of weeks ago that Spurs had all but wrapped a deal for the South Korean centre-back, nicknamed ‘the monster’ (Sports.news.naver via TEAMtalk), but the potential transfer is certainly not proving to be straight forward.
Previous reports have indicated that Spurs have been unable to agree on a fee for the defender’s transfer, with the Chinese Super League club unwilling to let him leave unless they receive a substantial offer (MK).
Kim’s relations with his club hit an all-time low last month when he joked about the lack of ability of two of his defensive team-mates, Chinese internationals Yu Dabao and Wang Gang (South China Morning Post).
It was claimed back then that the North Londoners wanted to take advantage of the disagreement and complete a deal for the centre-back (Telegraph).
However, Chinese outlet Sohu now claim that Kim has apologised for his comments and is now back in training with the club.
However, the 23-year-old was not named in the squad for the 2-1 win against Chongqing Lifan at the weekend (Google).
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If Kim is to smooth out his relations with Beijing Guoan and put in a couple of decent performances, one would imagine that would only further bump up his price. It is unclear at this point how close any potential deal is. There clearly seems to be interest from Spurs but different sources seem to contradict each other in terms of how advanced negotiations are.
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