Spurs: Paratici interested in Kim


Tottenham Hotspur remain interested in a deal to bring Kim Min-jae to the Premier League next summer.

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That’s according to a recent report by 90min, who claim that, having missed out on the centre-back’s signing in the summer of 2020, Spurs are once again interested in the idea of making a move for the 26-year-old at the end of the current campaign, while Manchester United and Real Madrid are also thought to be keeping a close eye on the South Korea international.

However, the report goes on to state that SSC Napoli are looking to tie the defender down to a new deal at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, with the Serie A side hoping to include a release clause in Kim’s new contract that is more than double his current €45m (£39m) clause – something the Italian side are said to be confident of getting over the line.


Considering just how impressive Kim has been for Napoli following his £16m move to the club this summer, it is not difficult to understand why Fabio Paratici and Antonio Conte would be interested in a deal to bring the centre-back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the end of the current campaign.

Indeed, over his 14 Serie A appearances this season, the £30m-rated talent has been in imperious form in the heart of Luciano Spalletti’s backline, helping his side keep five clean sheets, in addition to making an average of 1.1 interceptions, 1.6 tackles, 3.9 clearances and winning 4.9 duels – at a success rate of 62% – per game.

The £53k-per-week defender has also impressed in an attacking capacity, scoring two goals, as well as making an average of 0.4 key passes, playing 3.5 long balls and completing 66.1 passes – at a success rate of 90% – per fixture.

These returns have seen “the Monster” average a rather remarkable Sofascore match rating of 7.22, not only ranking him as Napoli’s sixth-best performer in the league but also as the 21st-best performer in the Italian top flight as a whole so far in 2022/23.

The 26-year-old has also impressed over his six outings in the Champions League this term, helping Gli Azzurri keep two clean sheets, as well as making an average of 2.3 interceptions, one tackle, 3.8 clearances and winning 3.7 duels – at a success rate of 61% – per game.

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These metrics have seen the 6 foot 3 giant who Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dubbed both “extraordinary” and an “iron barrel” average a simply sensational Sofascore match rating of 7.03, ranking him as Spalletti’s 13th-best player in the competition – playing a key role in Napoli finishing top of the Group G standings.

As such, considering just how impressive Kim has been both domestically and in Europe so far this season, it is indeed easy to see why Paratici would be interested in a deal to bring the defender to north London next summer, as the Korean colossus would undoubtedly be something of a monster in Conte’s backline at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next season.

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