Sungmo Lee has dropped an update on reported Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Kim Min-jae.
In a recent post on Twitter, the South Korean journalist revealed that, despite a number of recent reports linking Fabio Paratici with a move for the Fenerbahce SK centre-back this summer, Tottenham are not currently believed to be pursuing a deal for the 25-year-old ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
In his tweet, Lee said: “RE: Kim Min-jae to Tottenham (for those stories of ‘hijacking’). In one word, ‘there’s no truth’ in those stories at this stage. The situation could change in the transfer window, but there’s nothing between the two parties at the moment.”
Considering just how impressive Min-jae was in Turkey last season, Lee’s suggestion that Spurs are not actively pursuing a deal to bring the defender to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer is sure to have left supporters gutted.
Indeed, over his 31 Super Lig appearances last season, the £12.6m-rated centre-back was in imperious form, helping Fenerbahce keep four clean sheets and scoring one goal, as well as making an average of 2.3 interceptions, 1.5 tackles, 4.1 clearances, 53.9 passes and winning 3.7 duels – at a success rate of 61% – per game.
These returns saw the £39k-per-week talent average an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.93, ranking him as Jorge Jesus’ 14th-best performer in the top flight of Turkish football last time out.
The 40-cap South Korean also caught the eye over his six outings in Fenerbahce’s 2021/22 Europa League campaign, helping his side keep one clean sheet, in addition to making an average of 1.5 interceptions, 1.7 tackles, 4.2 clearances, 40.3 passes and winning 3.7 duels – at a success rate of 63% – per fixture.
As such, it is clear to see that Min-jae would have made a fantastic addition to Antonio Conte’s defensive options ahead of Spurs’ 2022/23 Premier League and Champions League campaigns – leading us to believe Lee’s update will come as a gutting blow to everyone involved with Tottenham, not least the centre-back’s international teammate, Son Heung-min.