Chelsea and their league rivals Tottenham Hotspur both want to secure the services of Kim Min-jae, according to the Mirror.
The 24-year-old plays as a centre-half for Beijing Guoan and is also a regular for the South Korean national team. Before that, he featured for Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors with whom Kim won two K-League titles in 2017 and 2018.
At 6ft 3in, Min-jae is a rising star who is a dominant presence in the defence. A powerhouse of a centre-back, he has been nicknamed ‘The Monster’.
They could be in the market this summer for a defender. Of five centre-halves in our roster, only Kurt Zouma and Thiago Silva have pulled their weight.
Set to turn 37 this year, the Blues will need to replace the former sooner than later.
Both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen have fallen down the pecking order and face uncertain futures at Chelsea. Both of their deals expire in 2022 and it would be prudent for the west Londoners to replace them this summer.
Youngster Fikayo Tomori too has seen minutes hard to come by and looks set to depart on loan this month. While the Englishman remains in Frank Lampard’s plans, the star’s long-term prospects remain to be seen.
Jose Mourinho’s side were interested in the defender since Jan Vertonghen quit the club in the summer.
Spurs want to avoid losing out to Chelsea in signing Kim. They want to avoid the embarrassment the club faced in losing out on Willian at the 11th hour.
Kim’s deal expires in December 2021 and the Chinese outfit are willing to sell him. Whether Chelsea indeed make a swoop for him remains to be seen.