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Report: Tottenham agreed to sign £16m giant Mourinho wanted but deal collapsed

Tottenham Hotspur agreed a £13 million deal to bring Kim Min-Jae to the Premier League in 2020 before ‘bureaucratic’ problems scuppered the transfer, according to…

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Tottenham Hotspur agreed a £13 million deal to bring Kim Min-Jae to the Premier League in 2020 before ‘bureaucratic’ problems scuppered the transfer, according to Neopolitan publication FootballNews24. 

Spurs’ interest in the South Korean centre-half is no secret. Well, not if you’ve been following Kim’s story closely anyway. 

As recently as April, Fenerbahce president Ali Koc revealed that Jose Mourinho ‘wanted’ to sign the 6ft 3ins man mountain during the summer of 2021, when Kim was making his name in Turkish football. 

But it seems that Spurs’ interest goes back even further than that. 

Why did Tottenham not sign Kim Min-Jae?

According to new claims coming out of Italy, the London giants actually agreed a deal with Chinese Super League outfit Beijing Guoan back in May 2020. One that would have seen the so-called ‘Korean Virgil van Dijk’ join the club for a cool £13 million. 

It is understood that supposed ‘bureaucratic’ reasons soon saw things grind to a halt. Securing a work permit for a footballer plying his trade outside of European soil certainly wouldn’t have been easy in the pre-Brexit era after all. 

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Flash forward to August 2022 and Kim is boning up on his Italian as he prepares for a new adventure in Serie A. Napoli triggered the £16 million release clause in his Fenerbahce contract, with a man nicknamed ‘The Monster’ back home now hoping to become the Partenopei’s very own il mostro. 

And Tottenham are not the only English-based outfit who ran into problems when trying to sign Kim when he was plying his trade back home in the Far East. 

“I followed him at Everton three years ago,” recalls former Toffees scout Carlo Jacomuzzi. “We had a good opinion of the boy. But it seemed too big a leap for him to move from Asia to Europe.   

“Now, having had the experience in Turkey, I think he is ready for Serie A. The Turkish championship is tough and competitive anyway.” 

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