Who is Tottenham target Kim Min-Jae?

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith Updated: 19 May 2021 15:43 BST 2 min read
Who is Tottenham target Kim Min-Jae?

Tottenham are reportedly considering submitting a bid for South Korean defender Kim Min-Jae, but who is he, and how likely are they to sign him?

Min-Jae is a 6ft 3in centre-half who currently plies his trade for Chinese Super League side Beijing Gouan, having left Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in his homeland in January 2019.

He’s 24, and is known as “the monster” due to his physical dominance and ability to bully his opponents, something that has clearly interested the hierarchy at Tottenham.

Min-Jae’s contract in the Chinese capital runs out at the end of December 2021, and the club are willing to sell this month to avoid risking him leaving for free this time next year, with the Premier League his most likely destination.

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  • He won the K League Rookie of the Year award in 2017, during his time at Jeonbuk, and was part of the South Korea team that won the 2018 Asian Games, alongside Tottenham star Heung-Min Son.

    The influence of Son may well play into Spurs’ hands as they reportedly face competition from Chelsea for Min-Jae’s signature.

    The defender has 30 caps for the South Korean national team, scoring three times, and is viewed as a rising star in China, gaining plenty of plaudits over the past 12 months.

    Tottenham were actually interested in Min-Jae in the summer after Jan Vertonghen left the club, but instead opted against it, and ended up signing Joe Rodon from Swansea.

    However, with Chelsea also keen, it seems Spurs may well swoop for Min-Jae this month; it would be a risky move, but one that could certainly come off.