Tottenham Hotspur are stepping up their interest in Beijing Guoan defender Kim Min-jae to ward off interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea, as reported by the Mirror.
Chelsea have a history when it comes to snatching players from right under Daniel Levy’s nose.
Eight years after that sorry Willian saga, Spurs are understandably keen to ensure that a rather humiliating piece of history does not repeat itself.
Chelsea’s backline has faltered again recently and, after conceding six times in damaging defeats to Arsenal and Manchester City, Frank Lampard’s ninth-place side have placed the ‘Korean Virgil van Dijk’ high on their wish list.
And this has not gone unnoticed on the other side of London.
Tottenham showed an awareness of Kim’s talents following Jan Vertonghen’s move to Benfica over the summer. The Mirror claims that Jose Mourinho’s stuttering side are now back in the race, stepping up their pursuit of the South Korea international due to Chelsea’s sudden interest.
Standing at 6ft 4ins and famed for his booming, crossfield diagonals, there is a reason why Kim has been compared to Liverpool’s title-winning Dutchman.
Tottenham offered £11 million a few months ago (SPOTV). With his contract expiring later this year, Beijing Guoan may be willing to accept a reduced fee for Heung Min-Son’s international teammate.
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