Napoli director Cristiano Giuntoli has confirmed that there is a release clause in Kim Min-Jae’s contract, which can be activated during a small window next summer.

Kim has been a long-term target for Spurs, reportedly having been on the North London club’s radar since 2020 (90 Min).

Kim-min Jae

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The South Korean was linked with a move to the Lilywhites once again during the summer transfer window (AreaNapoli) but it was Napoli who moved quickly to snap him up.

The 26-year-old has been an inspired signing for Luciano Spalletti’s side, having hardly put a foot wrong for the Serie A table toppers in the first part of the campaign.

CalcioMercato reported last week that Kim’s performances had caught the attention of several Premier League clubs, who were said to be contemplating an offer for the centre-back.

The report added that Napoli were keen to offer the former Fenerbahce man a new contract to ward off interest from England.

Gianluca Di Marzio reported back in the summer that Kim’s contract with Napoli contains a release clause of €45m (£37.6m), which could be activated by non-Italian clubs. Giuntoli has now confirmed that such a clause exists but revealed that it would only be active for a short duration next summer.

The Napoli director said (via Fabrizio Romano): “Yes, there’s a release clause that varies depending on the potential interested club. The clause will only be valid for 15 days in July. We’re already thinking of discussing a new deal.”

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If Kim maintains the same standard of performance during the second part of the campaign, there is no doubt that several Premier League clubs, including Spurs, would be willing to activate his release clause next summer. Hopefully, the 26-year-old’s relationship with Son will work to our advantage.

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