Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Kim Min-jae wants to leave his current club and test himself at a higher level, according to Eindhovens Dagblad.
The Dutch outlet has also claimed that the Beijing Guoan defender is a summer target for PSV Eindhoven, with head coach Joe Schmidt rating the 23-year-old highly.
Football London claimed in July that Tottenham were understood to have made “serious enquiries” with Kim and his club regarding a potential move to North London.
ED notes that Spurs have been linked with the South Korea international, as well as Watford and Lazio, though it claims that PSV are now looking to get ahead in the race for his services.
The Dutch publication also reports that, while Beijing Guoan weren’t willing to do business initially, “it is now clear that the player himself has a wish to leave and wants to continue his career at a higher level.”
While it is suggested that the Chinese Super League club could now be willing to do business, it would be for “a lot” of money, ED quoting a market figure of around 15m euros (around £13.5million).
Kim rose to prominence with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the South Korean top flight, winning the league in 2017 and 2018 and being named in the division’s team of the season on both occasions.
Nicknamed “The Monster” due to his height and physicality, Kim has been described as the “Korean Van Dijk” in the past (Watford Observer) and “one of the best centre-backs South Korea has produced in the 21st century” by Sungmo Lee of Goal Korea, speaking to Football London.
Spurs, meanwhile, lost Jan Vertonghen at the end of the season and could do with bolstering their ranks, and even in wake of current events, £13.5million wouldn’t be too steep a fee for a Premier League club to pay for a highly-rated international defender.